A new Asian grill, Oki Momo, has opened at 2256 Broad St., Suite 120, in San Luis Obispo.
Owners Jon Yeh, Dr. David Yeh and In Lloyd opened the restaurant on Aug. 31. The Yeh brothers — Jon, a lawyer, and David, a neurosurgeon — were trying to figure out how to spend their extra capital when they decided to fulfill their longstanding desire to open a restaurant.
Lloyd, Jon Yeh’s friend from college, was head chef at a restaurant he owned in Georgia before joining the Yehs in opening Oki Momo, where he is a full-time chef.
The restaurant’s menu, which offers a wide selection of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan food, was inspired by Jon Yeh’s dining experiences with his wife, who is a strict vegetarian. Jon Yeh said that they always struggled to find a restaurant that offered both good vegetarian and meat options. Their goal is to please parties with mixed dietary restrictions.
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The menu includes dishes with Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese influences. A single item starts at $5, with two and three combo options priced at $9.50 and $13.50, respectively.
Oki Momo, Japanese for “large peach,” is named for its signature momo sauce, which includes peaches.
The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers catering; the owners are planning to include a delivery service.
The owners are renting the approximately 1,500-square-foot building, which seats 30 people inside and an additional 30 people on an outside patio.
Jon Yeh said that they signed the lease for the new building in October 2014 and spent almost a year getting permits and doing construction. He declined to disclose their investment.
The restaurant has a staff of 20 full- and part-time employees.