OPENING FALL 2015
1104 Division St.
We love ramen. We love the marriage of the perfect broth – from seasoning, to noodles, to toppings. Together they equal magic. At Otaku South, we are always looking for new combinations while sticking as close to traditional methods and philosophies as we can.
It all began in the late summer of 2012 when Sarah Gavigan returned to her native Tennessee after almost 20 years in Los Angeles.
"Eating ramen was a frequent event, and one that brought me a lot of joy. In my second year of living back in the South, I began to miss it terribly, so I dedicated myself to learning the craft of making traditional ramen. I am not Japanese, and it may seem unlikely to make traditional Japanese ramen in Middle Tennessee, but when I discovered that Nashville is situated on almost the exact same latitude as Tokyo, and there are hundreds of local farms to support our need for bones to make the succulent bone broth, it all began to make perfect sense.”
Once Gavigan had tested her recipes with friends, the POP-UP's all over Nashville began in locations such as BURGER-UP, CATBIRD SEAT, THE GREENHOUSE, SILO, BARISTA PARLOR, ROAST ON EIGHTH; Literally turning a parking lot into a ramen shop, until in 2014 Gavigan and her husband Brad opened POP Nashville, which was the home to Otaku South until May 2015.
The next step was a full time brick and mortar location, which is currently under construction and dur to open in the FALL of 2015.
OTAKU SOUTH’s goal is to make a great bowl of ramen from the bounty of Middle Tennessee. Beginning with a carefully crafted bone broth, we next match just the right kind of noodle and complete the bowl with just the right toppings…. always striving for perfect harmony (slurping harmony, that is).
PARKING available across the street ONE HOUR FREE
or inside the ICON BUILDING for ONE HOUR FREE