By Mark Ambrogi
Dr. Samantha Yeap and her husband are both food lovers.
“We travel all around the world just to eat,” said Yeap, whose husband is also a doctor. “We have really developed a passion for ramen. When I went to New York or Chicago, I had to eat ramen. I should have ramen here in Indianapolis.”
Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish.
So owner Yeap, an anesthesiologist, has recently opened Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya at 2450 E. 146th St., Carmel, in the Cool Creek Commons center. Kizuki is chain that originated in Japan and then started in Seattle. The only other Kizuki outside the Pacific Northwest is in Chicago.
“I went to Seattle and decided on this because I really like the taste and the way the menu is presented,” Yeap said.
She researched other ramen franchise opportunities and determined Kizuki was her top choice.
Yeap, 35, and her husband are both from Malaysia. She moved to Indianapolis in 2004 after medical school in Canada to do her residency.
Her sister, Cindy Yeap, 31, who has a master’s of business administration from University of Indianapolis, will serve as director of operations. They both live in Zionsville.
“Being a full-time doctor, the only way I can do it is I was able to collaborate with her,” Yeap said. “She did all hiring. Cindy went to Seattle for six weeks just following the manager and chef around, learning everything.”
She said she chose the location because there is a lot of traffic around the center.
“This is by no means just an Asian business, but I definitely see Carmel has a huge Asian population who are going to be very interested in eating ramen,” Yeap said. “In the future, we might open more (restaurants) if we do well.”
Cindy said the restaurant seats 84, and there are 25 employees.
“I have a lot of background in food,” Cindy said. “My bachelor’s degree is in food processing.”