GREAT FALLS — The opening date for Hokkaido Ramen & Sushi Bar in Great Falls is getting closer.
The new restaurant is in the Great Falls Marketplace in the space formerly occupied by Pizza Hut, right next to Cold Stone Creamery.
Hokkaido began renovating the space in mid-January, and when complete, the 3,774-square foot restaurant will feature quick-service, take-out, and dine in options.
They had initially been hoping to open in mid-July, but owner Johnny Deng tells us that delays due to COVID-19 have pushed back the opening date by three to four weeks.
The website for the company states: "Our specialties are the Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen, the Spicy Miso Ramen, and the Unagi Don, but whatever you order, it’s sure to be delicious!"
There are also Hokkaido restaurants in Helena and Bozeman.
When we first reported on it back in February, the reaction on the KRTV Facebook page was overwhelmingly positive, with scores of people giving "thumbs up" and "like" reactions and tagging their friends, but there were some people who were less enthused about it: