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An Exciting New Japanese Noodle Destination Hits DFW This Summer

Marugame Udon has three area outposts in the works

A rendering of Marugame Udon
Gensler Architects/Courtesy Marugame Udon
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Marugame Udon, a Japanese noodle chain that operates more than a thousand outposts across the globe, will soon make its Dallas debut.

At present, the chain’s U.S. offshoot has three DFW locations in the works. The first is expected to arrive in Carrollton at 3540 East Hebron Parkway in the coming weeks, and a second will follow in the Old Town development at 5500 Greenville Avenue. According to Marugame Udon president and veteran restaurateur Mark Brezinski, who’s known for developing popular fast-casual spots Velvet Taco and Pei Wei, the chain is currently negotiating on a space for a third restaurant in Coppell, near the intersection of Belt Line Road and I-635.

Originally founded in Tokyo in 2000, Marugame Udon has been in the United States for about a decade, and operates multiple locations in Hawaii and California. Over the next five years, Brezinski says that the chain will pursue an aggressive expansion in the States, with up to 90 new restaurants planned for a variety of locales, including a couple of outposts that are currently in the works in Houston.

Diners can look forward to an “extremely theatrical,” fast-casual experience at Marugame Udon, which will prepare its springy, chewy noodles at the restaurant daily. Crispy fried tempura and trendy katsu sandwiches (or “sandos”) will also be on the menu, and the Dallas locations will be outfitted with a robata grill that will char up “limited-supply” beef, chicken, and veggie skewers.

Expect Marugame Udon to make its DFW debut sometime this summer. In the meantime, scope out renderings of the space below.

Gensler Architects/Courtesy Marugame Udon
Gensler Architects/Courtesy Marugame Udon