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Aug 4, 2010 07:33 AM

Ren's Ramen CLOSING

Though they want to reopen somewhere else...apparently the Daruma Japanese market they were renting from has closed.

6931 Arlington Rd E, Bethesda, MD

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  1. Huge bummer...this place is a real favorite of mine. I hope they re-open SOON (before cold weather!) and in a better location.

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      Too bad. The soup was good but the location was horrible.

    2. I had dinner at Ren's last night. Probably my last in that location, sigh... Just wanted to give an updated report on the closing. Currently, their last day will be Sept. 3. They will be open on that day, but will probably close early. There is an upcoming meeting about when they have to pack up and go. At that meeting, it may be decided that they can stay another week - or two. This remains to be seen. They still haven't been able to find another location for the re-opening.

      The miso ramen last night was as good as it always is. I so love Ren's Ramen and miss it already!

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      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        I hope they stay in Bethesda. There are plenty of empty spaces that they could move to, but the rent is going to be the key ingredient here. If they had an even slightly better location, I am sure they'd serve up a lot more bowls of that glorious ramen, too.

      2. I'm so hurt!!!

        I drive all the way from Glen Burnie every so often just to enjoy a good bowl of Ren's Ramen. I really do hope they open in a new location soon. :(

          1. My husband and I moved to DC recently from LA and I'm jonesing for good ramen -- bad. I've been reading a lot about Ren's, but I'm disappointed to hear that it's closing. I hope it does open up in a location near public transportation. Can anyone tell me what their ramen is like? Do they let you choose how you want your noodles (eg. soft, normal, etc.)? What about the soup base? Can you choose that as well? Anywhere else we could try that's in DC proper or at least near metro? Thanks hounds.

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            1. re: dcgremlintummy

              I tired the miso ramen. I believe they also have shoyu. I thought the soup base was rich and deep. Very satisfying. The noodles were too soft and the regular pork topping is dry and uninteresting. As I place more importance on the soup base, this was a really good bowl of ramen for me. I never went back, but I would order the noodles 'katame' or hard if there is ever a next time. I would also pay for the upgraded 'fatty' pork topping which I have heard is much better.

              I hope they can open back up. It was a valuable addition to the food choices in the DC area.

              1. re: Steve

                I went last Sunday and also had the miso ramen. They also had tonkotsu and vegetarian ramen, if memory serves (and maybe also shoyu?). I concur with Steve that the soup base was very good.

                They were collecting e-mail addresses, I assume to notify patrons where they end up. I added mine and will post if I hear something.

                They also have a Web site -

                1. re: Lori D

                  Thanks for the info, Lori D -- but ... I just emailed them at the address given on their site and got this:

                  Mail Delivery Subsystem to me
                  show details 10:59 AM (5 minutes ago)
                  Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:


                  Technical details of permanent failure:
                  DNS Error: Domain name not found

                  Grrrrr.... this is a huge pet peeve of mine. Don't give an email address if it isn't going to work!

                  1. re: woodleyparkhound

                    Maybe if you try an e-mail to

                    It looks as if the domain is a typo.

                    1. re: Lori D

                      Good eye, Lori. It does seem to be a typo (their own typo, on their own website) as the email I just sent to seems to have gone through. Thanks!

                      1. re: woodleyparkhound

                        The site is new; the URL resolved to their Yelp page the first time I tried it (earlier this week). So at least it's not a long standing typo.

                        I sent them an e-mail about the typo, so hopefully they will fix it.