Ichiban, a new Japanese restaurant in Campustown, opened for business kind of by accident on June 11.

Located at 117 Welch Ave., Ichiban’s opening didn’t exactly go as owner Guan Wang had planned. After an Iowa State student with a food blog posted some photos and incorrectly listed the date for the restaurant’s soft opening, people started showing up.

That day, he had his staff come to the restaurant to run through the menu items, cooking some of each item.

“We opened accidentally,” Wang said. “I was actually going to bring the food that we cooked to nearby businesses and bars and just give it to them.”

Ichiban Ramen was instantly a popular item on the new Japanese restaurant's menu.

Around 5 p.m., people started creeping in.

“We didn’t have the open sign on or anything, but the doors were unlocked because we were coming in and out a lot,” he said.

Wang’s mom, Ling Lu, who owns the Wok n Roll Chinese restaurant across the street, was helping at Ichiban and started seating people.

“It’s not exactly how I wanted to open, but the people liked the food, so the next day we just kind of continued into it,” Wang said.