Anyone who’s spent a significant amount of time at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is sure to have a soft spot in his heart for Issei Noodle. The Asian fusion restaurant is a hotspot in Carlisle—a hangout for college students and town residents alike who enjoy a nice bowl of ramen and a relaxed atmosphere. For years, Carlisle was the only town lucky enough to enjoy Issei Noodle’s unique brand of Vietnamese- and Japanese- inspired dishes, but that changed in late 2013 when the Pham family, proprietors of Issei Noodle, chose to open up a new location in downtown Lancaster.
“Lancaster kind of chose us,” says Donna Hranica of her and fiancé Andre Pham’s new location, “We originally wanted to open a hookah bar in the area, but when Arabian Knight opened up down the street we decided to change our plans.” The new Issei Noodle is located in Central Market Mall and adds a unique twist to their brand’s original format. Along with a traditional restaurant inside the mall that is set to open at the beginning of March, Issei Noodle is currently serving Asian-inspired street food from a takeout window at 44 North Queen Street. “We’re really looking forward to doing the noodle dishes in the restaurant,” Hranica says of Issei’s plans for the future. “For now, we’re happy to be serving sandwiches.”
When asked about how their new location differs from what the couple is used to in Carlisle, Hranica answers with a smile, “We learned quickly that there are a lot of vegetarians in this area. Within the first two weeks of opening, we made changes to the menu to accommodate people with different dietary needs.” Pham is particularly excited about being so close to Central Market. “We try to get as many ingredients as we can from local vendors to use in our dishes.” Issei Noodle is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM.