Richie began his career at Sushi Ran and then Va de Vi and Pres a Vi. Afterwards, he joined the team at Nopa. At the same time, Richie was eating a lot of ramen throughout San Francisco and wanted a bowl made with better ingredients and proper technique. In 2010 he opened Hapa Ramen, a pop-up food stand. By teaming up with the best organic farmers and employing modern techniques he pushed the concept of what ramen can be. He opened His first brick and mortar to critical acclaim.