Marugame Udon Construction is Underway at City Center

Big news for noodle lovers! Marugame Udon, an upscale noodle place that has its origins in Japan, appears to be getting ready to open very soon at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, California.


Towards the end of 2021, the restaurant put large posters on the window of its upcoming storefront at City Center saying that the Japanese noodle eatery would arrive soon. For a while, it just looked like a blank storefront with a bunch of wall-sized posters, and there was no indication of when Marugame would arrive.

Construction Has Begun

As of last weekend, however, construction appears officially be underway on the interior of the storefront. On a recent visit, I saw workers beginning to assemble kitchen equipment and other accoutrements needed for the interior.

The posters on the outside had also been updated. A new poster included a message about hiring, with a QR code that potential employees could scan to schedule an interview.

There was also a QR code that visitors could scan to apply for a giveaway featuring free noodles for life. I don’t know about you, but if I received such an offer, I feel like they would lose a lot of money on me. I love all kinds of noodles, udon especially.

I was thrilled to learn that Marugame Udon was on the way, but some of the restaurants at City Center have taken as much as two years to open after announcing their plans. It’s great to see that Marugame seems like it should be here sooner. I haven’t been able to confirm an exact launch date, but based on the status of construction, I would expect to see them launch in the next 2 to 3 months.

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Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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