Kotoya Ramen, which took over the former Yamakase slot in Palms (the omakase spot has since re-opened on Olympic in West LA), is now soft open for dinner. The eatery soft-opened last week on February 16, which serves from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday (or until the soup runs out).
The menu will be finalized by March 14, with a grand opening and full hours commencing in April. Once Kotoya rolls out its full schedule, the place will serve seven days a week from 11:45 a.m. to 11 p.m., a major boon for the neighborhood. Kotoya opened a location in West L.A. along Santa Monica Blvd a few years ago serving various types of ramen not particularly pegged to a region or style in Japan. With the tiny nature of this Palms location, it's unlikely that the menu will span as many dishes as the West LA locale.