This city can't seem to get enough noodles.
Despite the number of ramen shops opening up in the West End, even newbies like Touhenboku and Men-no Kura have been filling their premises during meal times.
Amid all of this, some other noodle joints are currently under construction in the area, seeking to break into the market.
In the heart of the West End ramen zone near Robson and Denman, Rice Noodle House is under construction at the location formerly inhabited by Spaghetéi at 1741 Robson Street. Much to the chagrin of many local diners, Japanese pasta joint Spaghetéi shut down on September 10, drawing long lineups before its closure.
On the way along Denman towards English Bay, U Noodle, the Noodle Factory will replace the former Vietnamese sweet spot Chè-Licious at 1120 Denman Street.
As we previously mentioned, Chè-Licious is searching for another location to open up at in the future.
Over in the downtown core, Jinya Ramen, which touts the sagacious mantra "no ramen, no life", is set to open a new location this winter in Vancouver at the Telus Building. It'll be at 541 Robson Street (at Richards), only a few blocks away from their location at 270 Robson Street.
Jinya also have two other local locations: one is Kerrisdale (2129 West 41st Avenue) and in Burnaby (4575 Central Boulevard).
The Japan-based chain has locations in Japan, the U.S., and Indonesia, as well as Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto.
It's possible the area will become a new focal point for ramen as it's not far from where Yah Yah Ya Ramen is under construction at 570 Robson Street, and Ramen Gojiro is a mere hop, skip, and a jump away at 501 Dunsmuir.
Full details aren't available for these forthcoming locations but we'll update you once information is available—so stay tuned.