Last week, I visited Tampopo Ramen, a Japanese restaurant in the food court-like Plaza Walk building in Rowland Heights. Last night, I happened to wander by the area again and saw a sign in front of the restaurant that announced its closure on June 2.
Today, I called up the restaurant to confirm it was actually closing forever, not just on one day.
Yes, it’s true. They’re closing.
The person on the phone, who sounded like the owner, said he’s received many compliments about the food and condolences about their closing. The man said operating costs are high, as are the rent and parking fees. There’s another Tampopo Ramen in Gardena, although he’s not the owner-operator. The man says he doesn’t have any plans to open at another location this year. Their last day is June 1.
If you have time before June 2, check it out. I really enjoyed it, and even started writing a review for it for the Highlanders…