We had the good fortune of connecting with Hiromitsu Yamanouchi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hiromitsu, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor that made my business successful is not sticking to tradition too much. Although our restaurant provides authentic Japanese style, it is also important to absorb local tastes and adjust our style to the current trends and demands. Being flexible and sometimes breaking the rules is the key to run a business in a foreign country. Pablo Picasso had enough skills to draw a picture looking like a photo, but what made him famous is not following such a basic style. Since my ramen is driven by the Daruma Ramen from Hakata Japan, I could simply follow the traditional Hakata style. However, I am becoming a Ramen Picasso.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
It was easy for me to start this Ramen business because I got a good team (great partner and awesome staff). I can share three important things: Money, Great People, and Business Concept. None of them could be removed to be successful.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would strongly suggest him/her to spend a week in Orange County because he/she will be able to explore almost all kinds of food: Asian, Mexican, Luxury Steak Houses, Fresh Seafood, Fusion, etc.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hideto Kawahara/ Master of Ramen. He is the owner of Hakata Daruma Ramen in Japan and he also has shops in NYC. http://www.hidechanramen.nyc/#welcome