1457537_979032202114010_889068870840931021_nYudai Kanayama’s clothing shop, Champon Vintage at Williamsburg’s Artist & Fleas, is named after a type of ramen — so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the FIT graduate has opened a restaurant.

When he quietly opened Izakaya on the East Village’s Curry Row a little over a week ago, he put a sign out on East Sixth Street that was meant to evoke Hokkaidō’s defunct Kōfuku Station. Fellow Japanese people who recognized the name of the station — which means “happiness” — immediately began poking into the restaurant, he said.
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