“Famous for Oco a Japanese pancake”
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning "what you like" or "what you want", and yaki meaning "grilled" or "cooked" (cf. yakitori and yakisoba ). Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region. To Yoshiki and Naoko Sakane, owners of OCO TIME and IT’S TIME in downtown Ukiah, the OCO is a symbol of growing up in post W.W. II Japan. The OCO parlors were warm, friendly places and the OCO snack was yummy and cheap. Hiroshima had become a center for peace education and celebration. As children, Yoshiki and Naoko visited the Hiroshima Peace Park and were immersed in a peace curriculum at school. The Sakanes have created not just a café, but a place to be and the community has taken notice. Many customers return again and again. During the first five years of operation, several other restaurants have opened in downtown Ukiah; yet OCO TIME continues to be full for lunch and dinner most every day that it is open. By the end of the 4th year, demand for take-out sushi, bowls and Japanese snacks led them to create IT”S TIME which caters to the lunch and early dinner crowd. Today their community extends to the far reaches of Mendocino County and they seat customers from all over the world, including Japan, in their peace café project.
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- Mon: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
- Tue - Thu: 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
- Fri: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
- Sat: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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