Japanese Flavor Coming to Bland Street

Japanese Flavor Coming to Bland Street

Chef Michael Shortino, most recently the Executive Chef at Baku in SouthPark, is opening a new ramen shop in SouthEnd. The restaurant is slated to open in May, and is conveniently located at 222 E. Bland Street on the light rail stop, across from All American Pub and Greek Isles Restaurant.

William Baker Pottery bowls

These beautiful ramen bowls will be the serving vessels for Chef Shortino. ©Futo Buta Ramen

The eatery will be named Futo Bata, which loosely translates to Fat Pig in Japanese according to Charlotte Business Journal’s Jennifer Thomas. The menu will feature pork broth-based ramen with house-made noodles, steam buns and other locally sourced but traditionally Japanese dishes.

Adding to the intrigue will be the North Carolina oak-paneled walls and the ever-important ramen bowls that were made by William Baker Pottery in Bakersville, North Carolina. Look forward to slurping your way to the bottom of them in a picturesque setting.

Futo Bata will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and offer local craft beers as well as a variety of sakes to complement the varied and changing menus. From what is visible of the space, there will also be some outdoor patio potential—perfect for a May opening.

The Japanese restaurant will mark another culinary hangout for SouthEnd as the neighborhood becomes another of Charlotte’s food-loving centers. Follow RT for opening updates, and drop a comment here if you have any insight to share.


The front door teases passersby with the promise of noodles to come.

The front door teases passersby with the promise of noodles to come.


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