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Downtown Robata Hit Inko Nito Scores a Quick Second Location Along West Third

A quick expansion for the young company

Inko Nito
Inko Nito
Wonho Frank Lee
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.

Another day, another new move along extra-busy West Third Street. This time there’s an expansion afoot, as the Arts District hotspot Inko Nito looks to bring its modern brand of Japanese robatayaki further west.

Some early city paperwork is up now at the new address at 8338 West Third Street, showing off the Inko Nito name for all to see. This is the former Bianconi space, which suffered a horrible fire less than six months after first opening in late 2016. At the time the company said they had plans to reopen once the structure was rebuilt, but sadly that never materialized. Now it’s Inko Nito’s turn to take over, adding skewers and beer and lots of charcoal-cooked vegetables.

Chef Hamish Brown will remain on to oversee the company’s continued expansion at their new Los Angeles address and potentially elsewhere. Inko Nito’s parent operation Zuma is already well-versed in big, showy spaces that draw a crowd — their Las Vegas outlet is particularly popular — so it’s likely there will be even more Inko Nito openings to come, beyond the existing London location as well. No word yet on when the official opening of this West Third Street space will happen, but look for something by the end of the year.

Inko Nito
8338 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA