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Popular ramen & pho restaurant chain opening first Columbus location this month

Popular ramen & pho restaurant chain opening first Columbus location this month

Sav McKee

Editor’s Note: Mecha Noodle Bar told 614Now that due to unforeseen circumstances, the opening date has been pushed to April 12th.

Soon, Asian street food will be joining High Street.

Mecha Noodle Bar first announced they were joining Columbus for the first time last July. After much anticipation, they’re finally opening this month!

They told 614Now that they’re slated to open on March 26th, at the former home of the Short North White Castle, located at 965 N. High St.

On their grand opening day, they’re planning on giving away the first 100 bowls of soup ordered that day for free.


Mecha is known for their pho, ramen, and Asian street food inspired small plates, like banh mi and dumplings. Their menu also features steamed baos, kimchi fried rice, hand rolls, plus much more, including cocktails, beer, sake, and bubble tea!

The concept, which started in Connecticut in 2013, currently operates a handful of locations in New England, but is beginning an expansion across the country with its new Columbus store, in addition to locations in Denver and Washington, D.C.

Along with bridging cultural divides by introducting Asian comfort food to the Western palate, owners Tony Pham and Richard Reyes also donate a portion of their profits to local non-profts through their charity program known as Eat Justice.

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