Jounetsu Ramen replaces short-lived Thai restaurant on 4th Street

Let’s be clear here: This is not a review nor a recommendation, rather it is about a very smart pivot by the owner of the restaurant space at 1035 E. Fourth St.

When Sid Soffer initially took over the space, he flung the doors open to welcome folks to 1035 Thai Place. Remember? Probably not, since the decision proved ill-fated: with Star of Siam, Thai Silk, Blue Heaven, Thai District, Naree Thai, and Bai’plu all within a 1.5-mile radius, it wasn’t long before the pricey Thai Place was no more.

Enter Jounetsu Ramen.

The outside of Jounetsu Ramen (puppy not included). Courtesy of Yelp!/Chris W.

Following the abrupt closure of Mr. Makoto (which served mediocre ramen at best), Jounetsu’s soft opening—which happened after a very quick turnover by its owners that spanned less than three months—is a welcomed addition to the Fourth Street scene.

For $11 to $12 a bowl, Jounetsu serves up a multitude of different ramens: Shoyu, which is Asahikawa-style ramen with a soy-based broth that can you can make vegan or meaty; Miso, which is Sapporo ramen based out of the Hokkaido region of Japan; classic Hakata-style, with its rich tonkotsu, Korabuto pork-based broth; and a vegetable ramen. This comes with small selections of rolls, rice bowls, and appetizers.

For now, Jounetsu Ramen is continuing its soft opening, looking to sneak in as a part of the neighborhood once they have their wheels well-greased. Until then, I am sure the revelers of Fourth will find this place a happy addition to their noodle offerings.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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