Tatsu Ramen, with two locations in Los Angeles, is opening an outpost at 167 First Ave., two storefronts away from Momofuku.
Here's more about Tatsu, via their website:
Tatsu was founded by a handful of tight-knit USC family who fell in love with Tokyo and ramen. Having tasted the best, we went on a mission to find the best ramen in LA — and were terribly disappointed.
This sparked our (neon) lightbulb to bring Tokyo "home" to LA. We reimagined the typical Japanese ordering vending machine as iPads and flew multiple chefs from Japan to deconstruct the chemistry-laden recipes and have them painstakingly house-made from scratch with natural ingredients (and tough love!).
We shocked the ramen traditionalists by also offering gluten-free option, 100% chicken and vegan broth.
"Tatsu" means dragon and opened its door in 2012, the year of the dragon. It has since become an LA institution that’s frequented by A-listers, hipsters and blacklisters.
Buzzfeed named it one of the best ramen places in Los Angeles:
You are greeted at Tatsu Ramen by iPads, not people. You select your order on the touch screen, grab your receipt and then take a seat. We ordered two bowls of the the default-vegan "Hippie Ramen." It's a garlicky bowl of veggies, fried tofu, and delicious noodles. You can add more flavoring at your table, including crushing your own garlic, but there was no need. It already tasted great.
You can find the Tatsu Ramen menu here.
No. 167 here between 10th Street and 11th Street has been empty in recent years. The last tenant was Ashiya Sushi, who moved away in 2015.