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Brand New Johnny Rockets in Little Tokyo Already Expanding

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Sunday, May 24, 2009, at 07:01PM
Johnny Rockets Ed Fuentes

Tables for Johnny Rockets are creeping in front of the former Pastagina.

The small Johnny Rockets in Little Tokyo has only been open a week, but already it is looking to expand. The location opened with only 15 indoor seats, but will soon be adding capacity in a portion of the space vacated by the closing of Pastagina.

For now, shaded outdoor tables on Central Avenue add capacity to the 50's style burger diner.

The opening next door created an opportunity for Johnny Rockets. "The space will be split in half," says owner Moe Nariman, whose Nutri Partners, Inc also franchises Pinkberry, Robecks, and Quiznos. "One side will be for more seating for Johnny Rockets, and the other side will be a coffee house.

Work on the Pastagina space has just gotten started, and could take up to six months to complete.

Downtown's first Johnny Rockets opened at 5th and Figueroa in May of 2008, with an appearance by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Added note: From Monday to Saturday, Little Tokyo's Johnny Rockets will be open until midnight.

Johnny Rockets/ 131 S. Central, Little Tokyo / 213-626-0480 / Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7am to Midnight; Sunday: 7am to 10pm

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