Murfreesboro’s Ichiban Japanese Restaurant permanently closing

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After nearly four years in business in Murfreesboro, Ichiban Japanese Restaurant will close, the owners confirmed.

June 30 is the last day of operations for the restaurant, location at 1831 N.W. Broad St. in Murfreesboro.

“It’s sad. We got everything going and everyone knows us and now we have to close,” said Becky Kounlavong, who owns and operates the restaurant with Makoto Fujiwara.

Murfreesboro’s Ichiban was formerly located on Second Avenue in Nashville for more than 20 years. A fire in the restaurant prompted the restaurant to eventually close.

Ichiban Japanese Restaurant's ramen is egg noodle soup with pork and vegetables is made from scratch.

In spring 2017, Fujiwara purchased the 13,000-square-foot building on Broad Street, which was home to the Moose Lodge for more than 60 years. It took about a year to renovate a 4,000-square-foot portion of the building for the restaurant.

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