It seems Kuniko Yagi has found a new home for her food, landing inside the Medallion mixed-used building at bustling 4th and Main. The new restaurant, which previewed over the weekend at the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs festival on the Paramount lot under the name Tokyo Strike, will apparently be noodle-focused.
Chef/hospitality recruiter Brad Metzger first got details on the place, launching the news via his own Instagram account.
Hot off the press from #wcrnationalconference: @kunikoyagi w/ @folklor.la - coming this summer at 4th and main in DTLA In Medalian building! Beer wine and soju. Counter service. 30 seats. Folklor LA doing the branding and operations management. Also helped w gjelina, line hotel sprinkles, hinoki, tasting kitchen. #bmrs #chefsroll
As Tokyo Strike’s website indicates, the restaurant will be focused on ramen primarily, though that’s not to say there won’t be other options at play here — Yagi also debuted a dan dan mien at the festival. Still, expect a lot of noodle slurping to go down inside the place, plus drinking by way of a collection of beer, wine, and soju.
The space itself should seem somewhat familiar, as it’s inside the formerly hopeful home of Gorge, which was displaced by Michael Voltaggio on Sunset Boulevard but had hopes to emerge Downtown. Elia Page's former restaurant never quite made it back to life, leaving the mostly empty shell to sit until Yagi came along. She’s transforming it now into a 30-seat counter service-style restaurant not unlike what you might have seen at Ramen Champ in Chinatown, and has hopes to open up by summer.
Tokyo Strike is a great next move for Yagi, the Top Chef contestant who opened Hinoki & the Bird in early 2012 with chef David Myers. She left after Myers did in 2014, and since then has been moving through pop-ups at Simbal and other gigs around town. With Tokyo Strike, it’ll be fun to see Yagi in the kitchen full-time once again, turning out food she’s been interacting with since her time cooking in Kyoto and Tokyo years ago. Expect Tokyo Strike to open sometime this summer.
4th / Main
Los Angeles, CA