With over 71 locations, Ono Hawaiian BBQ has learned to spread the Hawaiian culture and “Aloha” spirit with every customer that walks through their doors. Take a look at the plans for their future expansion across the United States!
What had started out as a street fare for immigrants and sailors arriving on the docks of Honolulu have not only become the meal of choice in Hawaii but has also become a favorite among many on the mainland. Ono Hawaiian BBQ specializes in “plate lunches” and other Hawaiian inspired foods. Their plat lunches consist of two scoops of rice, one scoop of mac salad, and your choice of entree over a bed of steamed cabbage. They use fresh ingredients prepared daily and create their dishes in-house with their delicious recipes.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ opened their first location in 2002 near the Santa Monica Blvd and Bundy intersection in California. Joe and Josh Liang, who are the founders of Ono, opened this restaurant in relation to their love with the Hawaiian culture and cuisine. Since then, Ono has maintained the quality of their plate lunches with their classics like Hawaiian BBQ Chicken and Spam Musubi.
It wasn’t until they opened the sixth location when they began growing a customer base and began expanding more soon after. When the economy went into a recession, they stopped opening more locations. But, ever since 2010, they continued opening new locations again—ramping up each year afterward. Ono Hawaiian BBQ is set to expand within California and Arizona, in particular, around the Northern California and Pheonix region. Ono is more than glad to expand into other territories or states as long as the demand is there.