A little history on the place: It was originally started in the ’60s as a Chinese food restaurant by a chef named Nakamoto. The shop closed in the ’90s due to Nakamoto's health. Makoto Shirane, the current owner, started out as a customer who was obsessed with Nakamoto's ramen. One story goes that Shirane visited Nakamoto's house every day for a year begging to learn the recipe. Nakamoto finally caved, let Shirane study under him, and then Shirane reopened the shop, and another 10 locations, all dedicated to Nakamoto's fiery noodles.