While there are some ramen contenders in Mid-City and Melrose, like Tatsu and E.A.K., it felt like there was still plenty of opportunity for a notable new noodle destination. Tsujita, Sawtelle’s monster player, will go into the former Kaya Street Kitchen, according to a tip posted on Food Talk Central.
Eater reached out to Tsujita’s former spokesperson, who confirmed that they’d been planning to open a ramen shop on Fairfax for at least a year now. On the window, it’s unclear what kind of restaurant they would open but the sign says, “Absolute Ramen Champion,” with photos of tsukemen, Killer Noodle’s tan tan men, and ramen with broth.
The sign (and the proposed name) seems to imply that this Tsujita outlet could combine a lot of their various noodle shops’ best bowls, though if they were to keep the name, it would infringe a little bit on the existing Ramen Champ in Chinatown.
Right now there’s no projected opening date, though with Kaya Street Kitchen’s recent closure, it could take more than a few weeks for Tsujita to get the shop up and running. Tsujita’s play in this part of Fairfax District, just a few blocks away from the hip epicenter of LA, seems like a big move for the noodle empire.
Tsujita. 109 North Fairfax Avenue. Los Angeles, CA.