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Go Little Tokyo Welcomes Outdoor Summer Dining Experiences in the Heart of Downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (August 5, 2020) – Little Tokyo’s diverse and authentic selection of family-owned eateries, historic legacy restaurants, and modern culinary offerings have transformed into safe, enjoyable al fresco dining experiences with extended patio areas for all to enjoy dining out, takeout, or curbside pick-up options.

Restaurants in Little Tokyo have expanded their outdoor offerings for the community to enjoy a sit-down dining experience in a fresh-air outdoor setting this summer. Outdoor dining options flow along the Japanese Village Plaza in the heart of Little Tokyo off the historic First Street and the Honda Plaza has created a new community food space with picnic tables and patio umbrellas for people to enjoy take-out services from one of the many eateries in the neighborhood.

Honda Plaza customers can purchase take-out food to be eaten in the outdoor dining area. Restaurants within the Honda Plaza currently offering take-out services are Sushi Gen, Aloha Café, Pasta e Pasta by Allegro, Men Oh Tokushima Ramen, BBQ Chicken DTLA, Tea Master Matcha Café and Green Tea Shop, Tous Les Jours Bakery Café, and The Mermaid gastropub. Kagaya Restaurant and Kinjiro will be opening in the near future.

In the Japanese Village Plaza, enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine from neighborhood favorites including crispy takoyaki from TaNoTa Takoyaki and Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki from Chinchikurin on the patio dining area. Other restaurants offering outdoor dining include Kagura, Café Dulce, and T.O.T. Guests can also enjoy a rooftop open-air dining and special menu offerings at Izakaya Fu-ga’s new beer garden.

Discover the culture and many culinary delights of Little Tokyo by dining out or through virtual experiences in the comfort of your own home. Recently, Go Little Tokyo completed its 5th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo series of virtual events which featured a newly produced IGTV video series highlighting the rich culture and food history of the 136-year-old neighborhood. Follow Go Little Tokyo (@GoLittleTokyo) on Instagram and Facebook to view the videos and stay up-to-date on the latest Little Tokyo news.

The traditional Nisei Week Japanese Festival has also transformed to an online virtual series to bring the Japanese culture and celebration to homes everywhere. The two-day virtual series will take place August 15-16 and will include musical performances, culinary demonstrations, cultural demonstrations and programming related to traditional Nisei Week events. For more information, visit niseiweek.org.
Restaurants and retailers have additional safety protocols in place, visitors are encouraged to contact individual businesses for their guidelines. When visiting Little Tokyo, please remember to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. For more information, visit golittletokyo.com.

Go Little Tokyo is a community-led effort aimed at highlighting the unique cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. As one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant cultural hubs, there is an abundance of destinations and landmarks in and around this historic walkable neighborhood and Go Little Tokyo will help you uncover them. Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro. For more information, visit: golittletokyo.com.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at The Hollywood Times, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily in DC, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International in NYC. Valerie works closely with GLSEN, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), LAMBDA Legal, NCLR, and Outfest. She is also a member of the LA Press Club. She is a lay minister and parishioner of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hollywood. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her getaway home in Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs Center and DAP Health (Partners for Life member). For years Valerie Milano had volunteered as a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.