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A Familiar LA Chef Realizes His Long-Awaited Ramen Dreams in Downtown

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Luke Reyes opens 9th Street Ramen next week

A bowl of thick ramen with a split egg inside.
Tonkotsu ramen from 9th Street
9th Street 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.

It’s been a wild ride for chef Luke Reyes. The longtime Angeleno has been promising to bring his noodle spot 9th Street Ramen to Downtown Los Angeles since the summer of 2017, and now his dream is being realized next week.

9th Street Ramen is in some ways the culmination of an even longer dream of Reyes’s, after previously scuttling a deal that would have seen him open a spot called Oh Man! Ramen up in Encino with fellow chef Phillip Frankland Lee. That didn’t happen, so Reyes secured his Downtown digs and got to work, even spending some time training up in Japan and opening other restaurants, including French restaurant Gitanes in Ottawa, Canada. Reyes previously ran Butchers & Barbers in Hollywood and, before that, opened the Corner Door.

Now Reyes is back in Los Angeles for big, hearty bowls of ramen and a rotating collection of Japanese specialties, from donburi to robata-style grilled meats and gyoza. Alongside partner Devin Carlson, Reyes will also offer beer, wine, and sake inside the squat sub-1,000 square foot space, formerly the home of Chu’s Kitchen (that family retired in 2017, and gave the space to Reyes). The opening menu is below.

9th Street Ramen’s sleek, slightly futuristic Downtown space at 111 W. 9th Street should be ready for its big reveal next week. Reps for the restaurant say the plan is to keep daily hours from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and on to midnight Thursday through Saturday.

A rendering of a ramen shop at night, with neon signs.
The future look of 9th St. Ramen
9th St. Ramen

9th Street Ramen

11 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015