Tochi Closes In West Bend, But New Chapter Awaits In Sheboygan

Tochi, the punk rock ramen shop in West Bend, has officially closed. But there’s a new ramen destination on the way.

For years, Chef Gregg Des Rosier of Tochi has dedicated his culinary career to perfecting the art of the Japanese dish. 

The journey began in 2014, when he debuted Tochi in the former Anaba Tea Room space in Shorewood. When the building was put on the market, Des Rosier moved his ramen shop to West Bend, where he introduced his craft to a new market of eager ramen enthusiasts. The shop, which succeeded despite skeptics and nay-sayers, closed earlier this month.

But ramen lovers needn’t despair. This fall, as De Rosier closes yet another ramen chapter, he’s launched plans to open his best ramen shop yet in Sheboygan.

“We bought a building in Sheboygan two years ago,” notes Des Rosier. ‘The original intention was to open another satellite location. But, as time passed, I just couldn’t get away from this restaurant to work on the new one.”

To compound matters, he says, when COVID hit, the restaurant took a financial hit, as well as running into staffing issues. Ultimately, he says, they were spinning their wheels trying to maintain the lease on the West Bend location.

“I can’t tell you what a tough decision it was,” he says. “ We had such a great staff, and it was just really difficult to say goodbye. But people have been so understanding and really supportive of our decision.”


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