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May 14, 2014 06:28 PM

"Endangered Species" Restaurants: Any Must-Go's Before They Shutter Soon?

I was enjoying dinner at Ramayani Westwood the other night. The proprietor/chefs Hertha & Jim Tan (God bless them, they've been toiling away there since the 1980s) seem just a bit more frail every time I visit Ramayani.

... which got me wondering: Are there any great eateries in Southern California I should try before they inevitably shutter?

Don't get me wrong: My latest meal at Ramayani was still excellent, as usual, but I just can't help but wonder how much longer the Tans can hold out before calling it quits?

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      1. re: chrishei

        As in they serve "endangered species"? ;-)

        1. re: chrishei

          Anyone know how the sentencing went? I've been writing yamakase emails all week trying to get in. Nothing. Worried they've shut down.

          1. re: Shaft4783

            Kevin and I were thinking about going sometime in the next month or 2, though I haven't called yet. I have seen some fairly recent reports/photos though, so I don't think they've shut down (yet). But they're usually really good re reply to emails/requests from the website.

        2. Beverly Hills Newport Tan Cang

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            1. re: wienermobile

              I totally see this happening. Which is sad, because I really really love Arby's (NOT joking).

              1. re: phamschottler

                You're not one of my high school cheapskate boyfriends, by any chance, are you?
                I learned to hate Arby's.

                1. re: phamschottler

                  Am I the only one who never knew Arby's meant RB (roast beef)...? Singed, Just Curious

                  1. re: susiequeue

                    An old boss from my college days once told me that Arby's is an acronym for "America's Roast Beef, Yes Sir" and I never quite knew if that was a joke.

                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      Actually, I think that was from one of their TV ads. I just read elsewhere on the 'net that RB was actually the first letters of the family names of the two founders. So likely it doesn't stand for Roast Beef in the first place.

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        Arby's was founded in Boardman, Ohio, in 1964 by Forrest and Leroy Raffel, owners of a restaurant equipment business who believed there was a market opportunity for a fast food franchise based on a food other than hamburgers. The brothers wanted to call their restaurants "Big Tex", but that name was already used by an Akron business. Instead, they chose the name "Arby's", based on R. B., the initials of Raffel Brothers.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          Thanks Wienermobile for clearing that up.

                            1. re: Mr Taster

                              I've had Arby's food about twice in the past twenty years.

                              1. re: Tripeler

                                Me too... what point are you making? :)

                                Mr Taster

                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                  Well, for me, I have not been confused for twenty years over the name of the place. That's because I rarely eat there. I supposed there are so many other things I am confused about...

                2. I know a lot of hounds love it, but I live nearby and it is very medicine.

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                  1. re: jessejames

                    I wouldn't be surprised. Wonder if the Times write-up will help.

                    1. re: jessejames

                      You've been predicting their imminent closure for 2 years now... ;-)

                      1. re: Porthos

                        Yeah, it's fucking empty...but I guess a few late night whales like you keep it afloat?? anyways, I'm not rooting for really glad u do like it...

                      2. i just love the fact that Charles Darwin is participating in this thread.

                        1. re: TonyC

                          Now, given the circumstances, I probably better don't.

                          1. re: CharlesDarwin

                            Chances are, your real name is really Charles Darwin. Life may not be easy for you some times...

                        2. re: jessejames

                          I'm going to RM this weekend in part because of your post and curiosity.

                          1. re: FoodShutterbug

                            Hope it's great for you. Certainly has a lot of good reviews too. Maybe just not my kind of thing. The photo on the gold list does look like a terrarium tho.

                            1. re: jessejames

                              Thanks Jesse. Perhaps I'll report -- newbie jitters, we'll see. Hoping to get some decent pix.

                              1. re: FoodShutterbug

                                I didn't get into the Clusi Batusi meet-up, but had more than enough food at Red Medicine last weekend b/c I ordered the $65 tasting menu. I'll post a separate report with pix.

                                1. re: FoodShutterbug

                                  Great! Thanks! Thanks for your interest in the Chowmeet!

                                  1. re: J.L.

                                    The next chow meet:

                                    RAMAYAMI ??????????

                                    I'll have a few Ice Tellers. I don't know if it's dessert, a shake, a savory dish, or what ?????? but i love it.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Will you actually not flake this time?

                                      1. re: J.L.

                                        I won't. :)

                                        And you could help prop up Ramayami so it would go the way of the wooly mammoth or dinosaurs (i take that back there's still a few dinosaurs posting on the board :) ).

                                        Sorry, I missed out had to go to a relative's engagement's party, which i forgot about and was mandatory.

                                        my bad.

                                        it did sound great, and someone brought Barolos ??? if i'm drinking wine that's my favorite shit.

                                    2. re: J.L.

                                      Thanks for coordinating it, J.L.! Although I missed it, I appreciate knowing Michelle is open to such events. From the looks of the menu it seems he heartfully presented Tuscan fare.

                          2. Philippe Chow. I don't know how the new Beverly Hills location has lasted eight months. We were the only customers there during lunch time one day last week. Not that the food is any good, but it's a place that has to be seen to be believed.