New vendor coming soon to Parker Ranch Center
Big Island Tokyo Table, which focuses on Japanese and Taiwanese cuisine, will join the Fireside Food Court at Parker Ranch Center later this year.
The Hawaii Island shopping center announced recently that the eatery will be the latest food court tenant, occupying a 775-square-foot space across from Village Burger.
“Our new tenant, Big Island Tokyo Table, reflects an emerging optimism among businesses, as community members gain confidence about their health and safety,” said Leolani Kini, general manager of Parker Ranch Center, in a statement. “We know that residents of Waimea and beyond are always on the lookout for authentic, quality food to enjoy with family and friends. Parker Ranch Center welcomes this new business to our community.”
Managed by three partners — Kumi Hori, Tomoaki Shibata and Pay Lee — the eatery will offer authentic Japanese cuisine, as well as Japanese-Western and Japanese-Chinese fusions. Hori and Shibata are originally from Japan, and Lee is from Taiwan, and the three have varying backgrounds in business and the restaurant industry. Shibata is a chef who has worked at hotels and restaurants throughout Japan and the U.S., while Hori is a dentist with a background in business management and Lee is the founder of a boba tea brand.
“We are going to bring something that will be very unique to Waimea and that is to share our heritage as Japanese and Taiwanese,” stated Hori. “As partners, we come from different places and bring different skills, but what we share are our common values, tastes and work ethic. Big Island Tokyo Table will be well prepared to provide our customers with many choices.”
Menu items will include sushi, udon, takoyaki, homemade gyoza, boba drinks and more, and will utilize local ingredients.
Parker Ranch Center is a nearly 146,200-square-foot shopping center that features retail and restaurant tenants, including Parker Ranch Store, Foodland, Mahina, Mary Jane’s, Noodle Club and L&L Hawaiian Barbecue.
By Christina O'Connor – Reporter, Pacific Business News
Mar 12, 2021, 7:22pm EST