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Little Tokyo Community Profiles - 2010

America’s First Ramen Noodle Restaurant is Los Angeles’ Best Midnight Snack

Alexander LaRose

Koraku Japanese Restaurant opened in 1976 on 2nd Street in Little Tokyo and was the first Japanese ramen noodle restaurant in the United States. Although one notices several other ramen establishments in the area, some of which insist that they were the first ramen restaurant in America, Koraku’s proprietor, Mr. Hiroshi …

Koraku Japanese Restaurant 314 East 2nd Street

community history

Koraku Japanese Restaurant was opened in 1976 as the first authentic Japanese ramen restaurant in the United States. In 1986, it's present owner Mr. Yamauchi purchased the establishment with a …

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