Ono Pinay Kitchen Now Serving Hawaiian and Filipino Cuisine to Omaha Area

Ono Pinay Kitchen (onopinaykitchen.wixsite.com/main) opened its doors in December, becoming one of the newest restaurants in the Bellevue area. The restaurant, located at 2221 Madison St., hosted their grand opening on Saturday, January 19. Throughout the month of January, the restaurant stayed open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but Ono Pinay Kitchen plans to expand its hours and days of operation.

From the islands of Hawaii and the Philippines, owners Leo and Maria Villegas are excited to share their culture with the community. Growing up on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Maria started cooking a simple, yet popular Hawaiian dish: Spam with rice and eggs. When her husband was stationed in Nebraska in 2014, Maria started selling traditional Hawaiian pastries at the Bellevue Farmers Market and eventually the Papillion Farmer’s Market as well. Now, Maria and Leo are proud to open a restaurant in Old Towne Bellevue, serving Hawaiian and Filipino foods and goods. Owning a restaurant has been a long-time dream of Maria’s.

Ono Pinay Kitchen’s cuisine includes aloha pinay-style dishes, such as kalua pork (Hawaiian shredded smoked pork with cabbage), bistek (marinated steak with onion), and lechon (roasted pork belly with skin, tomatoes and onions and garlic fried rice). Maria’s daughters, Justene and Cori, are helping to run the restaurant, which will also offer sweet treats such as rolled ice cream and boba tea. Entertainment such as Hula dancing will also be available for parties.

For more information about Ono Pinay Kitchen, please visit their website at onopinaykitchen.wixsite.com/main or call (402) 504-4027.