New restaurant opens despite coronavirus spread

One of world’s oldest quick food chains Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen opens first location in the Valley

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – With a record number of restaurants closing across the country, opening a new location seems a little dicey in the midst of a global pandemic. But pandemics are something this restaurant has been through before throughout its more than 121-year history.  

Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen announced last week that it has opened its first location in the San Joaquin Valley. The new restaurant, located at 2545 S. Mooney Blvd., seeks to add to the go-to dining landscape for the local community. The sleek and modern design reflects the brand’s recent refresh, providing an elevated guest experience. The location will be open for takeout or drive-thru from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and will be open for dine-in service in the future after the shelter in place rules are lifted.

“Our goal is to provide Visalia with fresh, flavorful homestyle cooking, all at an affordable price,” said Angella Green, director of marketing. “While this is a challenging time for all of us, we’re here to serve the local community.”

Not to be confused with Yoshino Japanese Restaurant in Fresno, Yoshinoya is a quick serve restaurant that can easily adjust between take out and dine in. The restaurant’s menu offers iconic items such as original beef, teriyaki chicken, orange chicken, grilled tilapia and sweet chili shrimp – all served with their award-winning steamed rice or noodles and choice of vegetable. New and exclusive Yakiniku beef, featuring thin ribbons of marbled beef grilled with white onions and tossed in a sweet and savory Asian barbecue sauce, will also launch at opening.

Dating back to 1899 with the opening of its first restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, Yoshinoya is among the oldest quick-service restaurant chains in operation. Throughout its century of experience, Yoshinoya continues to grow aggressively while operating or franchising more than 2,000 restaurants in Japan, mainland China, Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines and the U.S., including over 100 locations in California. The menu is based on fresh ingredients served in a variety of rice bowls, including the original beef bowl that started it all in 1899 and serves more than 500,000 delicious bowls daily. For more information, visit

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