Adored for its rich tonkotsu-style ramen, fast-casual setup, and pop-art decor, Boxer Ramen tells Eater it will “officially” throw open the doors to its fourth location on Friday, December 1. But it is opening tomorrow to give away free ramen.
On November 30, the new 40-seat Boxer Ramen will open at 5 p.m. inside the Burnside 26 building at 2605 E. Burnside St. (formerly Blair Reynolds’s short-lived Americano), and the free ramen will flow until it runs out.
As previously reported, Boxer Ramen’s fourth iteration will add cocktails, a new short rib ramen, and late-night happy hour. Co-owner Matt Lynch tells Eater cocktails include a gingery Moscow mule and yuzu-infused gin and tonics, and the short rib ramen will debut on December 7, featuring a caramelized beef broth balanced with sherry, with broccoli rabe and a poached egg. Late-night will also kick off December 7 and run Thursday through Saturday, from 10 p.m. to midnight, with $8 ramen bowls (usually $12).
Two of Portland’s biggest restaurateurs, Micah Camden and Katie Poppe (Little Big Burger, Blue Star Donuts), founded Boxer Ramen in 2013. Portland’s ramen game has ballooned like puffed rice since then, but Boxer Ramen continues to stand out for offering its own style of free-wheeling bowls.