A popular Japanese noodle restaurant chain is expanding to Hawaii with a new location opening at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki.
Tsuru Ton Tan Udon Noodle Brasserie, which opening its first U.S. location in New York last year, has recently filed a building permit to open its new Hawaii restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian Center. The new eatery is scheduled to open in space B310 at the Kalakaua Avenue shopping center. The space, which encompasses 5,236-square-feet, is located on the third level of Building "B" next to H.I.S. Japanese briefing room and surrounded by other retailers and restaurants.
Tsuru Tsuru, which opened its first restaurant in 1979 in Osaka, is known for its handmade udon noodles. It currently has more than 10 restaurants in Japan.
Udon is one of the oldest noodle dishes in Japan, being first introduced 1,200 years ago by a Buddhist monk. It is made by mixing flour with salted water, then kneading, stretching and cutting the dough into thin strips, according to Tsuru Tsuru's website.