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Ramen fans rejoice: Rumplings is now serving

It’s been a busy month for Griffin Paulin and Dustin Staggers, who, no sooner than they had opened the NOLA-inspired Cajun restaurant Roux, announced plans to open a noodle and dumpling shop at 2009 Highland Ave., in the space recently vacated by Baby D’s Bagels and Deli.

Just as they did a lickety-split renovation of the former La Gallo Rosso to house Roux, they did a fast turn-around on the Highland Ave. space, and have opened Rumplings last weekend.

The announcement of an authentic ramen noodle shop garnered immediate interest. Paulin and Staggers were convinced that noodles and stuffed dumplings, simply cooked from scratch and meant to be noisily slurped, was one of the key culinary ideas missing from the local restaurant mix. That conviction seemed to be borne out when Rumplings’ Facebook page racked up over 1000 “likes” long before it opened.

Rumplings will be open Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Their ramen bowls will range in price between $5.50 and $17.