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LA’s Hot New Trend, the Sushi Hand Roll Bar, Arrives Soon in the Arts District

Yunomi Handroll Bar comes with a prominent face at the helm

A rendering for a sleek, pared-down, tan hand roll bar.
Yunomi Handroll Bar
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 longtime Los Angeles sushi chef is expanding into the Arts District with a hand roll project called Yunomi Handroll Bar soon. Chef David Movsisian spent years working his way up the chain at Sushi Katsu-ya (under namesake chef Katsuya Uechi), most recently in Woodland Hills, and now he’s branching out with a standalone project on East Third Street, just across from Salt & Straw and almost next door to Wurstkuche.

The new Yunomi, named after the traditional Japanese tea cup, will offer both traditional and modern hand rolls in a pared-down space, complete with tan tones and an L-shaped bar. The food focus will be on the rolls, and drinks include a variety of teas and sake. The 1,500 square foot space has just started construction, with hopes to open this summer.

Meanwhile, hand roll bars have begun to proliferate across Los Angeles. In addition to the standard-bearing KazuNori there’s HRB in Downtown, and the new Sogo Hand Roll Bar up in Los Feliz. As for the Arts District, that stretch of 3rd Street is already buzzing with various restaurants and bars, and there’s still more to come. Mumford Brewing is opening a tap room at new apartment build Aliso, and upstairs from Yunomi a mostly-outdoor Mexican restaurant called Terrazza Cha Cha Cha is set to open in the future as well.

Yunomi Handroll Bar

806 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013