1981 Ramen Bar offers a fearless approach to traditional ramen soup at the talented hands of Chef Ta Mai.

1981 Ramen Bar opened in October 2015 and is located in Downtown Lowell. Inspired by its location in historic center, 1981 Ramen bar honors its roots with industrial finishes such as original brick walls, wood finishes, and concrete counters. With childhood friends Peter Huynh in front of the house and Ta Mai as the culinary mastermind, the duo has created a one-of-a-kind experience. 

“It’s Asian but with my French cooking background it’s a little bit fusion, so we have stuff like short-rib arancini, an Asian-style Bolognese, which is usually Italian. But we do a spicy miso in it, and gnocchi, but made with rice instead of potato.”
—Ta Mai, Chef

We distinguish ourself by being fearless about playing with tradition, adding a bit of bold and unexpected flavors to both traditional asian and international dishes.