Saturday, May 31, 2008

Little Tokyo Shopping Center could go Korean

Spider roll at Sushi Go 55: Go!

I'm not going to be completely alarmist and say "Sayonara" yet to the Japanese restaurants and business in the Little Tokyo Shopping Center, which I've loved since the days of Yaohan department store when there was that funky sculpture in the middle. But now that a Korean-American firm has bought the center, reports the L.A. Times, and is contemplating turning it into a Korean-themed center or a general market center with businesses like Ralph's, it does seem like the sleepy center we love will be undergoing some big changes. I'd hate to see Mitsuwa become Ralph's, but its true that there aren't very many Japanese in Little Tokyo anymore, so I suppose things have to evolve. In the meantime, get out there and support Mitsuwa, Honda-Ya, Sushi Go 55 and Hana-Ichimonme (the ramen place) and maybe the new owners will decide they're worth keeping.

4 comments:

Keizo said...

Although the Little Tokyo Shopping Center is nothing like how I remembered it as a kid, it would still be sad to see it become something without any of its Japanese roots.

Scott said...

No. No. NO!!!!!!!!

City Elf said...

noooo!!!! don't get me wrong, i love korean shops and markets...but come one, little tokyo needs this place. i love mitsuwa.

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