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A Star East Coast Ramen Shop Sets Up in LA’s Virgil Village Next

Ken’s Ramen from Providence, Rhode Island is coming home, kind of

A bowl of ramen, shown from above with soft egg and chopsticks.
Ken’s Ramen
Ken’s Ramen
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.

A formerly famous ramen shop out of Rhode Island, of all places, is coming to Los Angeles early next year. Ken’s Ramen, which made the cover of Bon Appetit magazine back in 2016, is landing a new space in suddenly-busy Virgil Village, not far from Sqirl, Melody, and the upcoming Courage Bagels.

Reached by phone, Ken’s Ramen owner Will Hu confirmed the move to Eater. Hu is a native Angeleno so the Virgil Avenue space represents something of a homecoming for him, and should add to the legacy the restaurant has built up across the country. In Providence, Ken’s was a certified hit, landing on loads of local best hits and sparking news stories during its quick closure at the end of last year.

At the time, Hu announced what sounded like a local relocation plan, but now he’s back in LA and ready to work the same menu as before. That includes the signature Ken’s Hell Paitan, a spiced-up bowl with mushrooms, nori, and lots of chili oil. There will also be miso ramen (both spicy and not), tsukemen ramen, mazeman, and side snacks and rice bowls galore.

Hu says that the Ken’s Ramen space, which he found thanks to real estate team Industry Partners, should be ready to open by early next year. In the meantime, ramen continues to roll across the city, with Koo Ramen recently taking over a prime Financial District location in Downtown.

Ken’s Ramen. 775 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA.