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Fast-Expanding Filipino Restaurant Just Opened Its Third Location in Little Tokyo

The Noypitz Bar & Grill started serving on August 2

Noypitz Bar & Grill combination platter with meat.
Noypitz Bar & Grill combination platter
Courtesy of Noypitz Bar & Grill
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Los Angeles is well into a Filipino food explosion. There’s dazzling pop-ups, favorite brick-and-mortars, even the Filipino fast food chain Jollibee signed a lease for a future location in the Financial District last month. Joining the wave is The Noypitz Bar & Grill. The Downtown restaurant opened August 2 in the Little Tokyo Galleria on Alameda and Third.

Noypitz took over the recently shuttered Atlas, and the switchover was a fairly quick one. The interior appears similar to the former lounge, but now a traditional menu is in place with standards like pork sisig, crispy lumpia rolls, chicken adobo, pancit canton noodles, and the sinigang na baboy with stewed pork ribs boiled in a tamarind broth with vegetables. Prices range from $10 to $20.

This is the restaurant’s third Southern California location. Owners Larry Calonzo and Michael Kwan opened Noypitz West Covina in April 2018, then Calonzo opened the Cerritos location independently in November 2018. Calonzo’s new space is massive at 5,000 square feet. It seats 208, and they’ll bring the same formula as their other locations with live entertainment, DJ’s, and karaoke during later hours.

Since taking over a Downtown lounge, they’ll make use of the glowy full bar while adding Filipino beers to the menu. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.

The luminescent bar at the The Noypitz Bar and Grill in Little Tokyo. Courtesy of The Noypitz Bar and Grill

The Noypitz Bar and Grill Downtown. 333 S Alameda St Ste 115, Little Tokyo, CA