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Kotoya Ramen Now Soft Open in Palms

The tiny ramenya has dinner service, with expanded hours coming in April.

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Outside Kotoya Ramen
Outside Kotoya Ramen
Matthew Kang
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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.