Waldo’s Summit Grill & Bar’s Tuesday ramen starts tonight

Ramen, that fragrant, steaming bowl of Japanese noodles, seems an unlikely dish for a neighborhood bar and grill. But that’s exactly the experiment starting today — Tuesday, February 9 — at Summit Grill & Bar in Waldo, at 500 West 75th Street. Tonight kicks off a weekly ramen deal, featuring a $13 ramen bowl (the choices will change weekly) and an Asian-influenced $8 appetizer, both created by chef Po Wang and chef Thomas Paradise.

That culinary duo will head the kitchen of the yet-unopened ramen restaurant planned by Summit Grill owners Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy (which The Pitch first reported about last April); the restaurateurs are still looking for a location for the venue, and Domhnall Molloy says they’re focused on Waldo or Brookside.

The regular Summit Grill & Bar menu will also be available today, but the featured ramen special — served between 4 and 9 p.m. — will be chicken shio, prepared with free-range-chicken broth, chicken confit, scallions and a farm egg . The special appetizer will be Korean double-fried chicken wings with sweet and sticky Gochujang sauce. Reservations are encouraged by calling 816-361-9788.

Molloy and Lock hired Thomas Paradise last year to be, Molloy says, “the driving force” behind the planned ramen restaurant. For now, he works in the kitchen at the original Summit Grill in Lee’s Summit — which will not be hosting a weekly ramen night.

“Finding the right location has been the hardest part of this process,” Molloy says. “We thought we had a place, but we’ve gone back to the drawing board.”

The weekly ramen special at the Waldo restaurant will permit Paradise and Wang (“They don’t let the Irish chef in the kitchen when they’re making ramen,” Molloy says) to experiment with the kinds of dishes they’ll serve when the projected restaurant opens, tentatively in late 2016.

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