Popular street food vendor Onigilly has morphed from a single food cart, selling rice balls and other treats at Justin Herman Plaza, into its own brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Financial District.
The culmination was on Tuesday when founder Koji Kanematsu opened up shop at 343 Kearney Street. The idea behind the restaurant is to provide a bit more variety than what is offered with the food cart – not only will Onigilly be serving the onigiri (rice balls with fillings wrapped in seaweed) that fans have become accustomed to, they will also offer new items like rice bowls and tofu noodle salads. Click here for the entire menu.
Despite the new venture, Kanematsu and the Onigilly team will continue to be spread across town. The cart will be up 3-4 times a week at Off the Grid events, they will continue to maintain a presence daily in Japan Town and will also host a pop-up Monday through Friday at the A Temporary Offering Food Lab. Having developed the business with the support of La Cocina, Kanematsu hopes to eventually expand nationwide, offering his healthy and organic food across the country.
The Onigilly restaurant is located at 343 Kearney Street and will be open Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Main Photo Credit: Onigilly