Ramen arrives on Greenville Avenue with the official opening of Wabi House, an izakaya-style modern Japanese restaurant. It is going into the space that was previously World Piece Cafe.
Wabi's grand opening date is June 27, with very long hours: It opens at 11 am and closes at 4 am.
Wabi is the vision of chef Dien Nguyen. It'll serve ramen, small plates and cocktails, targeted to the late-night crowd, with dining options indoors, at the bar and at an outside patio.
Sunday through Wednesday, the restaurant will close at 10 pm; on Thursday, it will close at midnight. Friday and Saturday, it'll stay open until 4 am.
The menu features about 20 items, with several ramen options, including one that's vegetarian. For the signature tonkatsu ramen, Nguyen braises the chashu pork for four hours and cooks his broth for a total of 18 hours. The soup is studded with corn, wood-ear mushrooms, marinated egg, black garlic oil and sliced scallions.
A fan club has been established for those who want to receive alerts and special invites, at Wabihouse.
Nguyen is head chef for Piranha Killer Sushi, where he leads the opening of the new locations and oversees the seven Piranha locations in Texas.