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Luke Reyes to Open Encino Ramen Shop Next to Phillip Frankland Lee's Scratch Bar

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Oh Man Ramen should land by summer

Luke Reyes
Luke Reyes
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.

If you’re wondering what’s become of Luke Reyes, ponder no more. The former Butchers & Barbers chef has popped up in Encino after a short stint under the radar, emerging with a ramen concept that’s slated to sit side by side with Scratch Bar.

The news of the arrival of Oh Man Ramen was first revealed to the LA Times, who say that Reyes is partnering with Scratch Bar / Gadarene Swine owner Phillip Frankland Lee on the project. The plan is for both spaces to be somewhat complimentary, though they'll occupy different physical spaces and do largely different things.

Reyes and Lee are both behind the Oh Man Ramen opening menu, and will work together on things like whole animal cuts, with Lee getting some parts and Reyes others (including the bones for making broth). Reyes has also teamed up with Lee's wife and pastry chef Margarita Lee for some of the dessert options at Oh Man.

The second floor space covers just under 2,000 square feet in total, with plans for a 16-seat ramen bar and a giant 20-seat communal table, as well as a few assorted booths. Like Lee's other projects, there will be no traditional servers, only cooks who also interact with guests and run food. Build-out is currently underway, with plans to open by late summer, serving lunch and dinner daily.

Oh Man Ramen
16101 Ventura Blvd. #242
Encino, CA