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Tonchin to take Le Petite Marché Space

Tokyo-based Tonchin restaurant is set to open at 5565 Melrose Avenue at Larchmont Blvd this fall. (image from


Tonchin, a Tokyo-based restaurant with several locations in New York, is taking the long-vacant space at the top of Larchmont (5665 Melrose Ave.) formerly held by Le Petite Marché, according to EaterLA.

It’s nice to see that the restaurant universe leaving the pandemic challenges behind with new restaurants opening. This is also a great addition to north Larchmont, which now boasts several great eateries including Kali, Café Gratitude and the latest Coffee Coffee, along with neighborhood favorites further south. And, it’s especially nice to see vacant spaces filled with new businesses, a sign of overall economic improvement in the neighborhood, not to mention more fun for residents.


According to EaterLA:

“Tonchin is a familiar name to some New Yorkers, having opened there in 2017, though internationally the group has been crafting restaurants in Tokyo and beyond since 1992. The upscale casual spot has become a staple for tsukemen, tonkotsu, and mazemen-style ramen bowls as well as bar snacks like wings, gyoza, rice balls, and buns served from lunch through dinner at the Midtown location in New York. The group expanded more recently into Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with evening service only, and maintains a chain of locations in Japan. Tonchin has even been recognized by Michelin for its New York locations, earning a Bib Gourmand for its “refined” ramen, quality desserts, and sleek decor.”


“We make our Signature Broth, Handmade Noodles, and all the delicious topping from scratch, daily to ensure maximum freshness,” according to the restaurant’s website.  “Our experienced team of bartenders make craft infusions, and prepare every drink to order. Our belief if that “Homemade” and “Just made” are both necessary to provide our guests with the best experience possible.”

“Tonchin (屯ちん) means a place to come together. This is a place for everyone. Where you are always welcome. Where friends, family, neighbors or coworkers can eat well and connect love,” writes the company.

And EaterLA writer Farley Elliot is predicting a good response when the establishment opens this Fall:


“Assuming a similar menu and look, Tonchin LA should quickly become one of the more sought-after dining options in the tony Larchmont area, though it won’t be without its fair share of competition. Kali across the street has received its own Michelin accolades, and daytime cafe Coffee Coffee a block over is doing its own version of curated, modern cooking. Not far away is Antico Nuovo, Chad Colby’s rustic ode to Italian flavors, while names like Great White, Larchmont Wine and Cheese, and Mario’s Peruvian each offer something even more approachable. Still, there’s always room for quality ramen, wings, gyoza, and cocktails in the city.”


Tonchin will take over the long-vacant Le Petit Marché space that has been shuttered since the restaurant closed in August, 2019.


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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