JINYA Ramen Bar buys out of its landlord

At a time when many DC restaurants are still struggling to keep up with the rent, they just bought their landlord.

JINYA Ramen Bar has acquired its 14th Street NW location from Douglas Development for $ 5 million. (Courtesy Douglas Development)

At a time when many DC restaurants are still struggling to keep up with the rent, they just bought their landlord.

JINYA’s 14 Street NW location. (Courtesy Douglas Development)

JINYA Ramen Bar has acquired its 14th Street NW location from Douglas Development for $ 5 million.

Douglas Development purchased the building at 1336 14th Street NW in 2017 and immediately leased it out to JINYA, the Burbank, California-based chain that claims to have started the ramen revolution in Los Angeles.

Douglas Development bought the building for $ 1.75 million and said the reason for the sale was a compelling offer from the tenant.

JINYA did not respond to a request for comment.

JINYA opened its first East Coast restaurant in the Merrifields Mosaic District of Fairfax, Virginia, in 2016. The location on 14th Street was the second in the region.

It opened a third spot in the DC area in 2018 in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development and a fourth spot in Reston last year.

It currently has 42 locations in the United States and Canada.

JINYA, a name for a Samurai soldier, was founded in Tokyo by restaurant owner Tomo Takahashi in 2000. He opened the first American JINYA Ramen Bar in California in 2010.

Fun facts: The restaurants only use water from Fuji to make their broth.

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