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Shock! San Francisco's Katana-Ya to Bally's Grand Bazaar

The cult Union Square ramen joint is heading to the Las Vegas Strip.

Bradley Martin

There's a surprise tenant heading into the under construction, 2.6 acre Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's, that hopes to tap into some of their fervent San Francisco fan base.

Master ramen chef Yoshiaki Noto will bring an outpost of his Katana-Ya Japanese noodle shop to the outdoor retail and dining destination, now believed to officially debut in February. Chef Noto serves as many as 20 different ramen dishes at his original 30-seat restaurant, located a couple of blocks from Union Square. The famously compact space also features a five-person sushi bar and an equally loyal following for Noto's karaage, Japanese-style fried chicken.

Katana-Ya debuted in 2006 and quickly gained a reputation as an in-the-know hole-in-the-wall spot among San Francisco food fans, resulting in long lines for lunch. It was a 2013 Michelin guide recommended restaurant.

Noto registered his business at the Grand Bazaar back in November and will be joining the third local restaurant from SkinnyFats, the fifth for Nacho Daddy and the first of three Las Vegas Wahlburgers, from the family of Mark, Donnie and chef Paul Wahlberg. Despite multiple sources confirming those Eater Vegas exclusive reveals, only Katana-Ya has been officially confirmed by Bally's.

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