By Alicia Petska | The Roanoke Times
A food truck that brought Korean-inspired street fare to Roanoke now has a permanent storefront to call home.
Hanu Truck, run by husband-and-wife team Patrick and Jessica Ohpark, is serving up its signature bao buns and rice or noodle bowls on U.S. 220, not far from Home Depot and Lowe’s. The space at 4054 Franklin Road S.W. formerly was occupied by Edible Arts bakery.
The kitchen commissary opened this month and is focusing on takeout orders to begin with.
The Ohparks, who moved to Roanoke from North Carolina a year ago, hope to continue adding to the operation, including introducing new menu items like bubble tea over time.
“We’re excited,” Jessica Ohpark said. “We’re growing and evolving and trying to expand.”
The food truck is still rolling and will continue to appear at events around the region. The indoor location’s hours will vary based on those commitments. Schedules are posted regularly on Hanu Truck’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Hanu Truck offers a modern take on its menu by infusing traditional Korean flavors with street-food style.
“We always make things with kind of our own flair and taste,” said Jessica Ohpark. “That’s the kind of food we like.”
The truck frequently sells out of dishes. Branching out to a fixed location will help avoid that, Ohpark said, and will help the couple keep up with strong demand they’ve found.
“We love Roanoke,” she said. “We appreciate the people here and appreciate them wanting Korean food.”
The eatery is still settling into its new space and is waiting on its outdoor signage. The food truck is parked outside when possible to help customers zero in on the location.