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Killer Noodle Shut Down for Operating Without a Public Health Permit

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One of the hottest new openings closes without notice

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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.

After just a few weeks after opening, Killer Noodle has been temporarily shut down by the LA County Health Department for section 114381, a violation of operating without a valid Public Health permit. It’s certainly an odd way to shut down, though one that’s not uncommon.

Many times restaurants elect to open before their permits come through because they’re in a situation where they need income to pay for various pre-opening expenses. Killer Noodle has been very busy since opening, regularly drawing lunch and dinner lines.

Yesterday at around 1:45 p.m., the Health Department came in for an inspection, resulting in an early lunch service termination. This writer was actually on site having lunch during the inspection. The Health Department enforced the violation afterwards, some time in the late afternoon or evening after lunch service ended. Yelpers have already caught onto the shutter, with an indefinitely shutter notice on Killer Noodle’s Yelp page. Eater reached out to Killer Noodle’s public relations person, but hasn’t heard back.

Killer Noodle is the budding Tsujita empire’s take on tantanmen, or spicy Chinese-inflected ramen noodles. While there have been some early service issues, most critics have pretty excited for the place.