Lincoln Park Restaurant owner Kevin Yu of Kizuki Ramen announces free “take out” lunches for kids 18 and under.  Yu was inspired to take action after speaking with a customer last week who shared her concerns about job security, balancing work and childcare and fears her child may become ill with the coronavirus.

“I want to shine some light and hope into Chicago,” explains Yu, “and if we can remove a little burden off parents by ensuring that no kid will skip lunch due to schools being closed.  Together, we can prevent one more kid going hungry.”

The “takeout” lunches will begin  Wednesday, March 18th and both Chicago and Seattle locations. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. on weekdays at:


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Lunch will feature Chicken Chashu Don (bowl of steamed rice topped with poached chicken thighs and vegetables) or Pork Chashu Don (bowl of steamed rice topped with roasted pork).

Founded in 2003 in Japan, Kookai Ramen grew to over 20 locations in Tokyo and was then brought over to the United States in 2012 as Kukai Ramen & Izakaya. In order to achieve greater flexibility in entering upcoming new markets, the brand name was later changed to Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in December 2015. Kizuki currently has four locations in the Pacific Northwest including three in Washington and one in Oregon. The Wicker Park restaurant is the first Midwest location for Kizuki, which aims to provide Chicagoans with a taste of authentic Japanese ramen without having to fly to Tokyo for the experience.