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Japanese Ramen Legend Tatsunoya Starts Serving Pasadena on December 23

The noodle masters from Japan are almost ready to roll.

Tatsunoya Ramen, Pasadena
Tatsunoya Ramen, Pasadena
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Tatsunoya is almost ready for its ramen close-up in Pasadena, with insiders saying the place is slated for a December 18 23 opening on Fair Oaks Avenue.

The former Bella’s Gourmet Pizza address got the papered-window treatment back in June, but has been otherwise rather quiet since then. Now comes news that in less than two weeks the Japanese tonkotsu specialists will be serving up their porkified ramen to the Pasadena masses — along with beer and wine, per this ABC license.

For those unfamiliar with the name, Tatsunoya is a popular ramen brand in Japan, sporting almost half a dozen locations in the country, having originally opened more than 15 years ago. They regularly sport some of the longest lines at the Ramen Yochoko festival at Santa Anita, and will look to elevate Pasadena’s noodle game when they arrive. Expect late night weekend hours and a fun-filled atmosphere when Tatsunoya comes to town.

Tatsunoya Pasadena
16 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91030