Nearly two years after making its entrance in Detroit, Corktown noodle bar Ima has added a new outpost in Madison Heights. The chef/owner Mike Ransom opened the second outpost of the Asian-influenced restaurant on November 26, a representative for the restaurant confirms to Eater. The new location includes an expanded menu with not only udon and pho, but also steaming bowls of ramen.
The new spot is located at 32203 John R. Rd. and at 2,500 square feet has a much larger footprint than the original shop on Michigan Avenue. It seats for 65 patrons and has large parking lot. Ransom confirmed plans to expand to the Oakland County suburb in September. The city is known for its numerous Vietnamese restaurants and Asian markets. Ransom and his team are frequent the area in search of ingredients for Ima’s dishes.
The larger space is also allowing Ransom and his to stretch their wings a bit in terms of menu development. Look out for Ima favorites on the menu like lobster udon, jicama shell “tacos,” and unagi-don alongside four styles of ramen — miso, shoyu, tori paitan, and spicy tori. Vegan pho is also now available at both restaurants. Ima in Madison Heights does not currently serve alcohol, but options like ginger green tea and cold brew coffee are available. Take a peek at the opening menu below.
Ima in Madison Heights is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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