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Jinya opens two new ramen shops and a Japanese whiskey bar in NoVa

Jinya Ramen Bar specializes in pork tonkotsu-style ramen. Photograph courtesy of Jinya

Californian chain Jinya Ramen is set to open two new locations in Northern Virginia. A 150-seat branch in the Ballston neighborhood is expected to open in mid-February. The Mosaic District location, Jinya’s first on the East Coast in 2016, will move to new space in the Fairfax development, previously occupied by Cyclone Anaya.

Local franchise owner Sam Shoja says the Mosaic District ramen shop has outgrown its current space. The new corner location will allow for a large semi-enclosed outdoor patio with fire tables and an indoor Japanese whiskey lounge. The 180-plus-seat space is slated to open in March.

The new Jinya Ramen site at Mosaic. Rendered courtesy of Jinya

Meanwhile, Tawle, a new Middle Eastern restaurant in the Michelin-starred Maydan Dining Hall, will move into Jinya’s original home. Tawle is expected to open this summer.

The two new Jinya locations will have varied menus identical to stores at other 14th Street branches in DC, Reston and North Bethesda. Look for a variety of ramen bowls, ranging from creamy vegan to hearty tonkotsu, small plates of dumplings and bao, rice bowls and mini tacos.

Jinya Ramen, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 2910 District Ave, Fairfax.

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Anna Spiegel covers the restaurant and bar scene in her native DC. Before joining Washingtonian in 2010, she completed the MFA program at the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in New York and St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.

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