East Coast Transplant Ken’s Ramen Opens Sept. 19 in Virgil Village

Japanese eatery will offer takeout and delivery as well as limited outdoor dining to kick-off its debut.
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Modern Japanese ramen bar Ken’s Ramen is set to open in Virgil Village this weekend, at 775 N. Virgil Avenue. Aram Pogosian of Industry Partners, the leasing rep for the strip that houses Ken’s Ramen, told What Now Los Angeles that the opening will be Saturday, September 19.

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Owner Will Hu, a Los Angeles native, first debuted Ken’s Ramen in 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island. Hu shuttered that location, which once graced the cover of Bon Appetit, in late-2018. It wasn’t until nearly a year later that the Angeleno revealed he would return home and bring the restaurant with him.

Situated adjacent to the planned Courage Bagels (which stills lists its opening as “sometime in 2020”), Ken’s Ramen will kick-off its opening with a focus on takeout and limited outdoor dining. Delivery via the apps will soon follow. As with its original location, Ken’s Ramen will serve rice bowls, pork buns, vegetable sides, and of course, ramen.

The restaurant’s storefront, a three-suite strip, was recently redeveloped, “taking advantage of the prominent storefronts and 20’+ ceilings heights,” according to marketing materials for the property. Suite C, a 1,380-square-foot space, remains available for lease.

Michelle Goldchain

Michelle Goldchain is a D.C.-born content creator who previously worked as the Editor of Curbed DC at Vox Media for three and a half years. She has contributed to several local publications, including Vox, Education Week, Washington Business Journal, Eater DC, Washington City Paper, DCist, Washingtonian, and Greater Greater Washington. She also has a background in photography, social media management, and the visual arts. Her main side hustle is a surreal comedy show on YouTube, called Artsplained, that focuses on increasing interest and knowledge in the arts through quirky sketches and long-form essays.
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