Just when you thought Culver City was hurting for good concepts, here comes Ramen Roll. The Adam Fleischman-backed Japanese concept will also include Andy Gavin and chef Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, and plans to bring hand rolls, bowls, and ramen to the fore.
The arrival of Ramen Roll brings together a couple of folks with seemingly divergent backgrounds. Yamamoto is the former Hump chef who got nabbed serving endangered Sei whale at his restaurant a few years back, but more recently has been running the hard-to-find (and harder to get into) Yamakase on Olympic.
Adam Fleischman, for his part, founded and oversaw growth for Umami and 800 Degrees, and has a varied history bringing diverse new concepts to Los Angeles. As for Andy Gavin, he’s a longtime high-end food and tech blogger, and the co-creator of the popular video game Crash Bandicoot.
In all, it’s a strong and unique team to try to lead Culver City back from the brink, as the area has been seeing plenty of closures as of late. The new Ramen Roll actually takes over the shuttered Picnic LA space, which itself only lasted eight months.
There is no official opening date for Ramen Roll, though all parties involved say the Studio UNLTD-designed space will be ready to ride by the end of the year. Once it’s up an running, expect both a sushi and ramen bar, plus heavy iPad usage from staff trying to automate and expedite the dining experience.
9900 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA