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Ramen lovers rejoice as new restaurant opens on Monte Vista Avenue
Daraman's name and logo pay homage to the traditional Japanese Daruma figure (Photo contributed).

Name of business: Daraman

Type of business: Restaurant

Location: 1050 W. Monte Vista Ave. Suite B, Turlock

Hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Contact information: (209) 620-8359 or

Specialty: Ramen noodles


History of business:

After opening Fire Wings in April, Modesto’s Steven Ha and Thomas and Trevor Diep are preparing to expand their entrepreneurial endeavors within the local food scene with the grand opening of Daraman, a restaurant serving up traditional Japanese ramen noodles. Daraman will be located in the space directly next to Fire Wings at 1050 W. Monte Vista Ave.

Co-owner Trevor Diep explained the reasoning for wanting to open a restaurant dedicated specifically to ramen in Turlock.

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Daraman will offer a number of ramen bowls to customers (Photo contributed).

“There is definitely a hype for ramen,” he explained. “One of the main reasons we wanted to come over is to bring a new flavor to the Turlock area. There are a couple other Japanese restaurants but no specific ramen shops, so we think we’ll be one of the first.”

Daraman will be serving a variety of ramen, including miso, tenkasu, shio and shoyu. Rice bowls, rice plates, teriyaki chicken and udon noodles will also be available to customers.

Diep explained the background for the restaurant’s unique name. Daraman is pronounced as “Da Ramen,” as it is a play on words between the popular Japanese figure, the Daruma, and the word “ramen.” Because of the name’s ode to the famous symbol, the Daruma also serves as the logo for the new restaurant.

Diep hopes that community members stop by to take in the new, local eating experience. Daraman is currently in the middle of a soft opening period but will be officially open for business with a full menu beginning on Monday.

“We’re so excited to bring this new flavor and new cuisine to the area,” Diep said.