Gainesville’s first restaurant specializing in ramen noodles has done a booming business since opening last December.
How serious are Fred Brown and Steve Grimes about ramen?
Last November the two men flew to New York City for what Grimes called “a ramen-eating extravaganza.” Over two days, they visited seven restaurants and shared between 20 and 25 varieties of the Japanese-style noodle.
They compared notes about the bowls and agreed their taste palates were in harmony. Then they returned to Gainesville and got down to business.
On Dec. 1, 2014, with Brown as operational managing partner and Grimes as executive chef, they opened Crane Ramen in an old storefront at 16 SW 1st Ave. in downtown Gainesville.
Since then, people have lined up to get inside the cozy noodle kitchen and experience for themselves main dishes—or bowls, rather—never before savored in North Central Florida.