Hapa Musubi brings a little aloha to the Paseo
Downtown San Jose is being introduced to new fast food choices, and the latest comes to the Paseo de San Antonio from Hawai'i. Hapa Musubi reflects an island sensibility combined with speed and convenience, a perfect choice for the students down the Paseo at SJSU, hotel guests from the Fairmont or office-dwellers throughout Downtown.
Not familiar with musubi (moo-SOO-bee)? Think sushi meets Spam, and nori and shoyu get involved. Musubi features sushi rice and Japanese seaweed wrap, with a variety of fillings largely starring Spam, the canned meat product much appreciated in the Hawai'ian islands. There are other elements that can be mixed and matched, but it's all hot, wrapped to be eaten as you walk, and pretty addictive.
Hapa Musubi was created by husband-and-wife team Liz Ruiz and Nam Ngo, who fell in love with musubi on their first Hawai'ian trip. They knew this was the perfect food for the college crowd, but their home town of Milpitas didn't have the campus they needed. But San Jose did, and working with San Jose's Small Business Ally Xuan Ha and the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA), they were able to navigate the permit, construction and inspection stages to open the bright, engaging restaurant on the Paseo between First and Second Streets. The address is 200, South First Street, Unit 50.
The grand opening was held on a bright, windy day in February, and featured David Tran representing San Jose City Councilmember Raul Peralez (D3), Xuan Ha, and Nate LeBlanc, SJDA Business Development Manager. You can see the KPIX coverage of the event online.