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Incoming Hello Stranger Adds to Little Tokyo’s Nightlife Scene

Live music, cocktails, and Mexican street food

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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.

It’s almost party time in Little Tokyo thanks to Angela Romero (Ace Hotel DTLA), the name behind upcoming Downtown bar and music venue Hello Stranger. The place takes over some upstairs space along Second Street, and could be ready to ride this spring.

Hello Stranger is meant to feel like a surprise of sorts, a getaway located on the second floor of a Little Tokyo building surrounded by other dining and drinking opportunities. It’s actually inside a former dojo owned by Sonny Chiba, but has been completely redone with neon lighting, matte black artwork, cement, and “floating benches” that can be pulled in or out depending on the evening’s needs.

Most nights that will mean DJs and other live music acts, with room for a standalone bar in the back. There will also be a separate lounge area that can be cordoned off for events and larger gatherings. As for drinks, expect a full bar pushing everything from daiquiris to boozy horchata, with a small food menu that mostly plays to the antojitos, or small snack side of any Mexican restaurant’s menu. There’s no official opening date for Hello Stranger just yet, but expect something in a few months.

Hello Stranger
320 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA