Krunkwich Ramen House off Ingersoll closes its doors
Menu includes ramen, banh mi, bibimbap, noodle and rice dishes.
Krunkwich Ramen House — known for its funky fusion ramen, creative tot creations and endless vegan options — suddenly announced Saturday morning that its doors are closed for good, according to a Facebook post on the restaurant's page.
No explanation was provided on the restaurant's Facebook page. The page was Saturday after the post. Another post earlier this month announced the re-opening of its late night hot dog service, Los Banditos. That will also will be canceled.
"We are officially closed for good. Thank you for the years of love at both locations, you all mean the world to us," the Facebook post said.
Sam Auen, the owner of Krunkwich, closed his other fusion restaurant Tacopocalypse, in November last year. No reason was provided for the closure of that restaurant either.
Auen opened Tacopocalypse in 2013 after operating as a mobile food stand in various Des Moines locations, including serving cyclists tacos at Cumming Tap. After moving Tacopocalypse to the East Village, he opened Krunkwich at 621 Des Moines St. The ramen shop closed abruptly in August 2016 after the restaurant's grease trap sprung a leak, so he decided to move into a bigger space at 2721 Ingersoll Avenue, the former location of Kwong Tung.
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When Auen first opened Tacopocalypse, he shook up Des Moines' dining scene with his unique take on dishes, mixing together Asian-inspired ingredients with burritos and tacos. He also offered unique choices for vegans as well, beyond the typical salads or pastas.
The approach even earned Auen a January 2015 visit by Food Network's Guy Fieri — Tacopocalypse was featured on an episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."
In his teenage years, Auen said cooking at Eggrolls Etc. in Denison inspired the Asian cuisine influence in his own restaurant, according to a previous interview with the Register.
Later, his career took him on a winding path through the military, a stint at Taco Bell, an upgrade to Centro and eventually to opening his two restaurants.
On Facebook, customers of the ramen shop lamented the end, saying, "My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined," and "Thank you for the deliciousness!"