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Nov 9, 2006 09:17 AM

West LA Mitsuwa renewal? Santouka????

Hello all:

I heard that Mitsuwa is closed down right now for rennovations...

Before I ask any questions, I will state that according to somebody i know who is a japanese immigrant living in torrance...Santouka ramen will be coming to the West LA Mitsuwa. Considering Santouka is by far the best and most authentic ramen in the mainland US, I'd say the prospect of Santouka opening in West LA would not suck...

Now to my question:

Has anyone heard anything concrete? Rumours?

I'd like to officially start the rumour that they will be opening a Matsuya in hope that it may miraculously come to fruition...

Thanks for looking

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  1. I was there last weekend. It wasn't closed, but severely reduced. I saw where the new ramen palce is going in..and I think it was a Santouka the old owner said was replacing his shop.

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    1. re: Diana

      did you see what is closing?

      I need to make a run there

      take care

      - P.

      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        I went by yesterday, and while I didn't walk in, the entire marketplace seemed gutted, workmen carrying things out, old fixtures, etc. Still, it's listed on the Mitsuwa website. I cannot imagine they will have the entire place up and running in a few weeks, but, hey? Miracles happen!

      2. re: Diana

        I hope it's not the Gurume shop that's closing (the one next to the appliance store).

      3. From what i heard, the entire market is closed...

        1. I just got back and the interior of the market is closed and most of it is gutted. Tampopo is still there along with the place next to it and the place next to the gadget store is there. What I think is changing is Kanda Udon and Soba But don't quote me on this since it was closed and I poked my head in.

          They will reopen on Nov. 17th according to the sign

          Take Care

          - P.

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            1. re: Diana

              Oh gosh!! I hope it's for santuka... I just went to the Mitsuwa today in Torrance hoping to get some Ramen, but I was on a lunch break and needed to get it to go and they won't DO it!! ARGH!!!!! I ended up with Ebi curry instead from one of the stands... yummy, but I wanted Ramen...


          1. I think the remodel is long overdue. The Torrance Mitsuwa is such a fun and stimulating market with "stuff" going on; we happed upon a Japanese pancake road show direct from Kobe last weekend there! It sounded like a food carnival! The West LA one badly needs some energy. I can't wait to see the change!

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            1. re: liu

              I couldnt agree more...

              The Torrance and Costa Mesa branches are so much better than West LA, everytime I'm there I drool in envy.

              However, I dont know exactly how much they can really do to liven things up given that the West LA location is tiny in comparison.

              *crosses fingers*
              *excited to have just moved to within walking distance of Mitsuwa West LA*

            2. Wow, the Rameniac will be happy to hear this.