Ramen fans rejoice! Another place to grab a hot yummy bowl of Japanese ramen is coming to the heart of Downtown LA’s Financial District. You might remember almost two years ago, I was super excited that 3rd Generation was the first eatery to bring a good attempt at authentic ramen to the Financial District (check out the slurping good pics here), and now we’re finally gonna get more than just one place to grab ramen here in the FiDi (never hurts to have more options I might add when it comes to variations of food).
Located at Wilshire and Hope, a sign announcing Jinya Ramen Bar “coming soon” was put up in the window last week at 700 Wilshire Blvd. Jinya Ramen recently signed a lease taking over the very mediocre, and obviously struggling, Tossed salad spot (thank Zeus!) that’s been a huge downer for this much quieter block (compared to 7th Street to the south) that could definitely use more life and energy by having more attractive businesses. The new ramen shop will be about 2,030 square feet large and will complement very nicely the existing 85 Degrees bakery directly next door that also just opened this past June (check out the super long lines from opening day!).
Jinya Ramen Bar opened its first location in Tokyo in 2000. Named for a Samurai soldier close to the community that the owner, Tomonori Takahashi, grew up in, Jinya is known for its fresh handmade noodles and thick, rich broth made with FUJI water, which is supposed to be “99.9 percent free from impurities.” There are currently 5 other Jinya locations in LA from Santa Monica, Hollywood, to Studio City. The location in Downtown LA is slated to open in mid-2017.