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Posted on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 9:47 a.m.

Renowned chef plans to open Japanese noodle house in Ann Arbor this year

By Lizzy Alfs

Takashi Yagihashi plans to bring his popular Chicago-based Japanese noodle house, Slurping Turtle, to Ann Arbor this year, the Detroit Free Press reports.


Takashi Yagihashi

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Yagihashi owns two restaurants in Chicago, was chef for eight years at Tribute in Farmington Hills, won a James Beard award in 2003, and also appeared on "Top Chef Masters."

He describes Slurping Turtle as “casual Japanese tapas and noodles.” He declined to reveal where the restaurant will be located because he’s still negotiating a lease.

Read the full Detroit Free Press report.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 3:12 p.m.

Looking forward to this, I love the name even though I'm pretty sure that turtles don't "slurp"anything!


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 1:08 p.m.

My husband proposed to me at Tribute.

Urban Sombrero

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 12:47 p.m.

I hope this is correct and he really opens a restaurant here. I will be beyond excited if it happens! I watched him on, "Top Chef Masters". He seems like an amazing chef and a really nice person. I can't wait to try his food.

Charley Sullivan

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 6:56 a.m.

$14 ramen?? It better be darn good.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 5:07 a.m.

So where is the outcry of the out of town "chain" coming into Ann Arbor and taking up our restaurants?

Jay Thomas

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 12:08 a.m.

The new Asian restaurant of the month... to be followed by the closing of the old Asian restaurant of the month. ;)


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 8:49 p.m.

lets just hope the city council renowned for doing stupid things doesn't somehow stick their nose in and make it so the guy decides to go someplace else.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 2:44 p.m.

Really? That is your comment? Can you cite an example of the council running out another restaurant without cause?


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 9:56 p.m.

Because Ann Arbor is running dangerously low on restaurants?

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 8:09 p.m.

Definitely a hot news day; this is very exciting as is the Border's redevelopment news. Takashi Chicago has been on my hit list for some time now....

Paula Gardner

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 7:48 p.m.

Curious about the likely location. Anyone hearing speculation? I'm wondering if it could be Arbor Hills Crossing.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 9:55 p.m.

The new Costco parking lot?

An Arborigine

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 8:31 p.m.

Borders building?

Lizzy Alfs

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 8:01 p.m.

That was my thought, Paula.

Jessica Webster

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 7:41 p.m.

I am so ridiculously excited about this.

Wolf's Bane

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 6:51 p.m.

Something besides Pizza! Yes!


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 5:01 p.m.

I would love for him to make gluten free noodles/choices. I miss Japanese food. It sucks that soy sauce has wheat in it. And lots of the noodles have wheat flour in them.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 6:24 p.m.

Slurping Turtle's Chicago menu does include "wheat free" noodle dishes using rice noodles. So they may use tamari that is soy-only so the entire dish would be gluten-free.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:56 p.m.

Freep article says he may focus more on rolls. Never eaten at Slurping Turtle in Chicago, but love Sunda in Chicago; they do a lot of great rolls. Would love something like that here. But noodles and japanese tapas sound great, too!

Dog Guy

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:28 p.m.

Hare Ramen Hare Ramen

Linda Peck

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 6:01 p.m.

Dog Guy, that is so funny.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:20 p.m.

I just can't wait.

Andrew R. Gorsuch

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:16 p.m.

This is AWESOME! Can't wait, this dude has some major "chops"


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:13 p.m.

Hurrah! I have heard people rave about Slurping Turtle in Chicago -- can't wait.

Myra Klarman

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:07 p.m.

I'm very excited about this. We've dined twice at Takashi's restaurant in Chicago (Bucktown), and loved it both times.

Lizzy Alfs

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 2:57 p.m.

Has anyone eaten at Tribute in Farmington Hills or Slurping Turtle in Chicago?


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 9:22 p.m.

I used to love Tribute, having eaten there many times over the last two decades. They were actually one of my clients. Takashi is an exceptional chef, and even when he left for Chicago his protege Yamauchi took over at Tribute and continued the tradition. After Yamauchi left (he is now head chef at Iridescence at Motor City) it went downhill and closed shortly afterwards. I still have dreams about Takashi's amazing desert egg and his out of this world soups.


Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 4:53 p.m.

I was fortunate enough to dine at Tribute before it closed several years ago - it was one of the best meals I ever had, and the restaurant itself was quite beautiful. And Chef Takashi seems extremely kind and personable after watching him on "Top Chef Masters". Best of luck to him!

Andrew R. Gorsuch

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 3:17 p.m.

Unfortunately Tribute is now out of business. Wish I would have had a chance to go before it closed, the place is legendary!