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Izayoi Changing Ownership to Shin Sen Gumi?

While walking to Spice Table today for an $11 Pork Belly Bahn Mi, I noticed a sign on the still open Izayoi stating a change in ownership to Shin Sen Gumi Ramen. Any knowledge of this?

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Izayoi
132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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  1. Say it isn't so
    I really like izayoi

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    1. re: johnnyshungry

      I liked Izayoi as well. At least more so than Honda-ya and the other small plate places in the area. Hesitant to call it an izakaya because it never felt very conducive to drinking, but it was my go-to place when in the mood for some stewed/braised(?) pork belly (buta kakuni).

      But sadly, it is so.

      JAB - did it specifically say SSG Ramen? Or just SSG. It's ballsy of them to open a ramen joint a block away from the Little Tokyo institution that is Daikokuya. I would be more open to a SSG yakitori joint.

      Little Tokyo could really use a Musha.

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      Daikokuya
      327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. re: andytseng

        Andy, yes it did to my disappointment as well. Your thoughts echo mine exactly.

        1. re: andytseng

          LT could use a better ramen shop than Daikokuya. If that's the Shin Sen Gumi kind of shop that will be opening.

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          Daikokuya
          327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          1. re: Akitist

            Agree. Kokekokko does better yakitori than Daikokuya does ramen. Meaning from a need perspective, I'd rather see a SSG ramen than SSG yakitori.

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            Daikokuya
            327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            Kokekokko
            360 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            1. re: Porthos

              true but SSG ramen would mean 4 ramen shops in the vicinity (daiko, SSG, mr ramen, orochon)

              1. re: ns1

                You're right and that's how SSG might view it when they decide which to open.

                But in my mind, it's:

                Good Yakitori in Little Tokyo: 1
                Good Ramen in LIttle Tokyo: 0

                Even though I think the yakitori at Kokekokko is good. I don't care much for the black plate/white plate thing so maybe it would be good to have SSG open up shop right up the street.

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                Kokekokko
                360 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      2. That was a pretty good pork belly bahn mi, right? I was there yesterday and had that with some prawn crackers.
        As far as Izayoi goes, i was there last week and asked about it. They confirmed that they will be closing in mid-June. It is a shame.

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        Izayoi
        132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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        1. re: carln

          Oh man this was my go to place in little Tokyo.
          I knew the staff or at least they knew us.
          Really liked the place heading ASAP.
          Pork belly, duck breast & those Ginko nuts mmm sushi always good.
          Totally bummed.

          1. re: carln

            It was indeed. I had the shrimp chips as well. I'm also equally disappointed in the loss of Izayoi.

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            Izayoi
            132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          2. Saw this news on EaterLA a while back. I'm going to make an effort to eat there at least once before they close down since I always been meaning to.

            I'm hoping that a yakitori SSG opens up in its place or a new ramen joint is good too, I despise the lines at Daikokuya.

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            Daikokuya
            327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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            1. re: Johnny L

              Seems strange they couldn't make it work there. After the J Gold review, it was lines out the door. Although the quality later slipped and the lines haven't been there in a while, it still seems perpetually crowded both for lunch and dinner.

              1. re: cls

                No weekday business. It's packed on weekends but they never have lines and they can't seat all that much.

            2. Does anyone know if Junichi-san is opening a different place or going to work elsewhere? i loved izayoi - never crazy about the sushi there, while i loved his stuff at Sushi Roku on Highland. I will be happy to patronize his new establishment.

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              Sushi Roku
              33 Miller Alley at One Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91103

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              1. re: Jerome

                no idea, is it still open as Izayoi?

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                Izayoi
                132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

              2. Yes, total and complete bummer. I have been following Junichi-san since sushi gen days and this is bad news indeed. I was there just before they closed and nothing was said. What made this place great was the quality of the Sushi combined with the small dishes...and the total lack of pretension. May still have Yuki's email, I will try to find out what is going on. If anyone gets news of Junichi, please post!

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                1. re: andygrif

                  please start a thread if you hear of ANYTHING. We don't have PM'son this thing which is too bad, I guess - not really consideringthe spam potential... but even so, looking forward to any news.