Picture yourself savoring a sumptuous bowl of noodles in a restaurant that was once a place where people filled up their automobile tanks.
Japan’s hot and staple ramen found a new home in ageing and abandoned gas stations, and Japanese ramen lovers are deciphering the amusing trend on social networking site Twitter.
One Japanese social media user snapped a photo of Kyoto-based ramen bar Tenkaippin, which used an antiquated gas stop for its branch.
Drawn to the trending topic in town, another user posted a portrait of another branch of the popular ramen restaurant, set up in a former gas station at Tachibanacho in Hyogo Prefecture, Japanese pop site Rocket News reported.
— M.Kawakami (@KawakamiRakugo) September 7, 2016
In another user’s tweet, Hokkaido-based ramen chain Sanpachi was sighted serving “full tank” of ramen soup to its customers.
— alex (@alex8774b) September 7, 2016
Local ramen stops are not guilty of this money-saving trick: Even foreign franchises also utilize old gas stations for their branches, such as American ice cream giant Baskin-Robbins, popularly known as “31” in Japan.
Lastly, another user shares photos of former gas stations in “Chibaragi,” or Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures. Today, they are used as business havens for locals.
According to Rocket News, recycling and restoring unused areas is a way to conserve space, serve as an umbrella for parked cars, and save money on demolition. Gianna Francesca Catolico/rga