LTSC Purchases Umeya Rice Cake Site

Umeya Rice Cake at 414 Crocker St. The family-owned business closed in 2017. LTSC plans to build 120-150 affordable housing units. (Photos courtesy Rex Hamano/Umeya Rice Cake Company)

Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) announced on Friday the purchase of the former Umeya Rice Cake Company site, located at 414 Crocker St. in Los Angeles.

Although the three-generation family-owned business closed its doors in 2017, Umeya rice crackers remain a fond memory for many in the community.

The owner’s decision to sell the property to LTSC means the site will remain an important facet in the ever-changing landscape of the Little Tokyo neighborhood. The terms and purchase price were not disclosed.

Rex Hamano, president of Umeya, said the sale would continue the legacy of the company, which was founded in 1918. Umeya sembei and fortune cookies were a staple at family gatherings throughout the Japanese American community.

“414 Crocker St. is not just property for the family, so we’re glad LTSC is doing something with it,” Hamano said.

“Thankfully the community has been so