Bōru Ramen Bar

Bōru Ramen Bar opens in historic Waldo neighborhood 

Toro Rice Bowl 

Culinary Director Po Wang creates menu with influences from Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisine

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 21, 2017) – Longtime restaurateurs, Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy, alongside Culinary Director, Po Wang, officially open Bōru Ramen Bar on Feb. 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the historic Waldo neighborhood. Executive Chef, Thomas Paradise, joins the team from Summit Grill with 17 years of industry experience.

About the Menu

Culinary Director, Po Wang, researched and developed Bōru’s menu, which consists of Japanese, Chinese and Korean influences, with an emphasis on ramen. Wang leads the kitchen with his passion for testing new cuisine and experimenting with global flavors.

Lock, Molloy and Wang strived for this concept to be educational, fun, and laid back. With that in mind, they added a glossary to accompany Bōru’s menu, which educates guests on the definition of each menu item and ingredient. Bōru’s ingredients are imported by Korean and Japanese distributors, ensuring authentic, high quality products to use in its scratch kitchen. Bōru works exclusively with artisan ramen maker, Sun Noodle, who supplies its noodles.

Lunch and Dinner – Bōru offers an all-day menu. Ramen is the focus of the menu with eight different types, such as The Bōru, Tsukemen, Mushroom, Uni and Tantan Mein. The menu features nine appetizers including Beef Tataki, Spicy Tuna and Edamame, five variations of entrees and rice, four variations of steamed baos, and six salad options.

Happy Hour – Served daily from 3 – 6 p.m. Appetizers range from $3 to $6 and include options like Steamed Pork Bao, Bulgogi Lettuce Wrap, Edamame and Shrimp Chips. A selection of Bōru’s original cocktails like the Samurai, Fist of Fury and Bruce Lee are available for $5. A ‘Frozen Cocktail of the Moment’ is offered for $5. Draft beer is $3, Soju is $2, wine by the glass is $5 and Sake is $5 during happy hour.

Bento Box – Express Bento Boxes are available during lunch only for $11.50 and come with steamed rice, house pickles, salad, miso soup and an option of adding Miso Salmon, Bulgogi or Tonkatsu.

Kid’s Menu – Options include Chicken Ramen, Buttered Ramen, Sweet Miso Salmon with Rice and Crispy Chicken with Rice. All children’s meals come with free soft serve ice cream for ages 12 and under.

Dessert – Pastry chef, Nicolette Foster, who also creates desserts for Summit Grill and Third Street Social, will be creating the dessert for Bōru. Foster’s creations include a Cotton Cheese Cake with yuzu sauce, Matcha Chocolate Molten Cake, and Purin, a custard with a soft layer of caramel. Soft serve ice cream will be offered in a cone or a cup which includes flavors like Matcha green tea and black sesame.

Asian Non-Alcoholic Beverages – In addition to traditional soft drinks, Bōru offers five different flavors of Japanese marble soda, four flavors of tea, and Calpico, which is a Japanese sweet milk-flavored beverage.

About the Bar

Bōru boasts a full-service bar, which includes 10 Asian inspired cocktails. The bar also includes domestic, craft, import and Asian beers, Japanese whisky, Sake, Soju and Shochu, along with wines by the bottle and glass.

Asian-inspired cocktails:

• Samurai – gin, sparkling wine, jasmine syrup, lemon

• Mothra vs. Lychee – vodka, dry Vermouth, lychee

• Coco Shotgun Assassin – Soju, rum, Coco Lopez, Velvet Falernum, lime

• Flying Dragon – Iwai whisky, Jerry Thomas bitters, turbinado sugar, orange

• Axe Gang Cocktail – chamomile-infused soju, cognac, angostura bitters

• Fist of Fury – chili-infused vodka, ginger beer, Velvet Falernum, lime

• Bruce Lee – bourbon, five-spice syrup, orange

• Long Thailand Tea – dark rum, cognac, rye, honey syrup, Thai tea

• Big Trouble in Little Waldo – vodka, Calpico, Matcha green tea syrup

• Frozen Cocktail of the Moment

Bōru offers an extensive list of Sake (a Japanese rice wine). Sake is offered by the glass and bottle.

• Junmai Nama

• Daiginjo

• Nigori

• Junmai Ginjo

• Flavored and Sparkling

Soju (a Korean alcoholic drink typically made from rice, barley or wheat):

• Jinro Chamisul Fresh

• Jinro

• Ty Ku

Shochu (less fruity than Sake with a nuttier flavor):

• 8000 Generations

• Black Warrior

• Tori Kai

About the Space

Bōru occupies the former Summit Grill at 500 W. 75th Street. The restaurant is 3,300 square feet and seats a total of 126 people – 60 in the main dining area available for reservations and large parties, 40 in a casual, walk-in seating area, and 26 at the full-service bar and nearby tables.

Adding an element of energy and nostalgia, Bōru will be streaming music videos from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s on each of their seven 55-inch flat screen HD TV’s, as well as its 70-inch screen flat screen located on the back wall of the dining room.


Bōru’s kitchen is open seven days a week. Monday – Thursday, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight and Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The bar remains open an additional hour every day. Happy hour is available throughout the restaurant daily from 3 – 6 p.m.

For progress updates on Bōru, visit their website at, follow Bōru on twitter @BoruRamenBar, “like” Bōru on Facebook at or follow Bōru on Instagram at @BoruRamen.

About Bōru Ramen Bar

Bōru Ramen Bar opened in Kansas City, Missouri’s historic Waldo neighborhood in Feb. 2017 at 500 W. 75th St. Bōru literally means “bowl” in Japanese. The restaurant’s menu is heavily influenced by Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine, with an emphasis on ramen. Bōru Ramen bar is led by Culinary Director, Po Wang, alongside owners and long-time restauranteurs, Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy. Lunch and dinner are served daily, Monday – Thursday until 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday until midnight, and on Sundays until 9 p.m. Happy hour is offered daily from 3 – 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 816-795-1299. Visit for more information.                                     

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