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Japanese Drinking Food Spot Comes to a Well-Worn Culver City Space

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Tokyo Guild takes over for the closed Ramen Bangaichi

The former Ramen Bangaichi
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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.

There’s more new life coming to downtown Culver City, as the former East Borough/Ramen Bangaichi has earned another restaurant tenant. This time the place is to be called Tokyo Guild, and it comes from Takashi Sada of Japonica in Redondo Beach, as well as Joe Ando, the onetime assistant general manager of 71Above.

The plan with Tokyo Guild is to drop in a slew of Japanese favorites, mostly focusing on street snacks and other classics. The restaurant will still do ramen, as well as burgers, katsu sandwiches, and smaller snack items. Tokyo Guild will also have a full bar, with cocktails overseen by Darwin Manahan, who helped set up Genever in Historic Filipinotown.

What’s more, Sada and Ando say they plan to open a second location almost immediately to coincide with the Culver City outlet, except this time down in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls area. The second outlet to the south will offer more sushi, which is popular at Sada’s South Bay restaurant Japonica, as well as the ramen, sandwiches, and sake.

Both locations are coming together rather quickly, so expect Tokyo Guild Culver City to add to the area’s dining conversation starting this month.

Tokyo Guild. 9810 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA.
Tokyo Guild Long Beach. 4262 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA.