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Silver Lake's Vietnamese Spot Gingergrass Confirms Second Location Downtown

Inside the former Lazy Ox Canteen in Little Tokyo

Gingergrass, Silver Lake
Gingergrass, Silver Lake
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.

Silver Lake modern Vietnamese hotspot Gingergrass is expanding, taking over the former Lazy Ox Canteen space in Little Tokyo. A call to the restaurant confirms the growth, with folks on site saying the turnaround could come as soon as next month.

It’s a big get for both Gingergrass and the Little Tokyo neighborhood, which played witness to the death of Lazy Ox a couple of years ago and hasn’t seen any life in that space yet.

For the Silver Lake restaurant, an expansion gives them the chance to bring their higher-end brand of Vietnamese eats to a wider audience — and will hopefully help to alleviate some of the crushing wait times that can befall the single existing location on busy nights. Of course, there is already one brand of modern Southeast Asian cooking going on in that area: Simbal, tucked away just up the street — though they're after something pretty different than what Gingergrass offers.

The plan is to simply jump the Silver Lake menu over into the new location on San Pedro Street, complete with beer and wine. Much like the original, Little Tokyo will likely also keep lunch through dinner and even late night hours, and will hopefully incorporate some delivery as well. Though there’s no firm date, expect Gingergrass Little Tokyo to come to life sometime in mid or late April.

Gingergrass Little Tokyo
241 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA