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This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows chicken ramen noodle soup in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

A Japanese ramen chain opened its first U.S. location and it's an introvert's paradise


A popular Japanese restaurant chain finally opened a shop in Brooklyn, New York, last month and has since become what Mashable described as an introvert's paradise. 

That's because Ichiran gives diners "me time" whether they ask for it or not. 

Diners are seated in "flavor-concentration booths," which are aimed at helping people focus on their food and are said to eliminate "the need for exchanging saccharine pleasantries with servers or companions," according to Timeline.

Basically, diners don't speak to anyone from the time of their arrival. 

When entering the restaurant, diners consult a light panel which indicates which booth is free. Then diners fill out paper menus before pressing a button that signals a server to take their order. 

Once their order is complete, a server silently places the noodles on the table. A screen is even in place so diners never even make eye contact with their servers. 

Although the idea of solo-dining may seem unusual and frightening here in the U.S., it is not uncommon in Japan, according to Mashable.

Ichiran told Timeline that it is encouraging people to eat out alone, fighting the stigma attached to solo dining. 

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