Good news for fans of the Little Tokyo dining scene in Downtown: there's new life at an old address. As of today, Gingergrass will take residence inside the defunct home of Lazy Ox Canteen.
First, a bit on Gingergrass. A Silver Lake neighborhood star known for crafting high-quality casual Vietnamese fare, the restaurant has sought in recent years to expand ever-so-slightly. First was with an underground Chinese-American concept called Secret Chinese Delivery, which started as a side project and now also enjoys a space Downtown. And now there's Gingergrass 2.0, a slightly reworked version of the original kept right next door to Baldoria on San Pedro Street.
The space used to belong to Lazy Ox Canteen, where chef Josef Centeno truly began his tenure in Downtown. Now of course Centeno is a star restaurateur of his own (who's opening dual concepts inside Ledlow in the coming weeks). Lazy Ox closed quietly a while ago, but now has been reborn as a bright, casual space with bar seating and a bright green mural against the main interior wall. There will be planters and seating outside as well, which will hopefully activate that long block as tourists and locals meander by.
For the menu, expect most all the favorites from the Gingergrass original, with a few minor tweaks here and there. That means you'll be able to grab all the pho and shaking beef you need, plus salads, noodle bowls, banh mi, and $10 lunch plates. Alcohol is still a few weeks away, but will be arriving soon.
Gingergrass quietly opens today, with plans to serve Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. The full opening menu is below.
Gingergrass Little Tokyo
241 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA