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Ramen restaurant, pottery studio and art gallery open for business in Anchorage while barbecue joint shutters

Open & Shut is an ongoing series looking at the comings and goings of businesses in Southcentral Alaska. If you know of a business opening or closing in the area, send a note to reporter Alex DeMarban at with “Open & Shut” in the subject line.


Kami Ramen: Three Malaysian friends opened this ramen restaurant in Spenard last month.

The menu at 3807 Spenard Road, just west of Minnesota Drive, features Japanese ramen with Malaysian and other influences. Kami Ramen serves vegetarian and gluten-free ramen, in addition to meat-based dishes.

Tonkotsu ramen, with pork bones boiled overnight for the broth, is “the backbone of the restaurant,” Jiahui Sim said.

She’s one of the two co-owners who got their start in Alaska from the J-1 visa cultural exchange program, which brings foreign college students here,…

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