Donna Pilar

KinFolk owners Joe and Kevin Nierstedt will serve ramen and Japanese-style katsu sandwiches at The Daily every Wednesday and Thursday starting Jan. 6. Their pop-up, called Katsubō, is “a fun and different way to keep us all busy during our slow season,” Joe said. 

“Ramen just made sense since it’s what I crave in the winter. I have experience working at one of the best ramen shops in NYC at a spot called Mu Ramen and wanted to apply what I learned there to Katsubō,” he said. 

KinFolk, the Nierstedt brothers’ Johns Island restaurant, is known for its fried chicken, which has gained a cult following since it opened in 2019. Like KinFolk, Katsubō will focus on quality over quantity with a small menu. 

“It’s easier to keep the quality high on a smaller menu,” Joe said. 

Tonkotsu ramen | Donna Pilar

Look for Tokyo-style shoyu ramen and hearty katsu sandos — traditional Japanese-style sandwiches served on milk bread. Katsubō will serve a couple different sandwich options, including a Nashville hot fried chicken geared toward fans of KinFolk and a specialty sando that’s not too easy on the wallet. 

“I am excited about (our) A5 Japanese wagyu katsu sando served on milk bread from Fay Da Bakery out of NYC,” Joe said. “It is priced at $75 and is potentially the most expensive sandwich in Charleston. We sourced the best wagyu we could get to make it.” 

Katsubō will be open for dinner at The Daily from 5-11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. When asked if the pop-up could turn into a brick-and-mortar restaurant, Joe said, “You never know, although it wasn’t an easy pop-up to source for (with) lots of special ordering.” 

For more information, follow Katsubō on Instagram: @katsubochs.

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