Ohana Pantry owner Angelica Garcia is planning a grand opening for her new eatery on Thursday. Photo by Edward Smith
Written by Edward Smith
Downtown Fresno food options continue to expand as a new juicery and eatery finds a home in The Lede building on Fulton Street.
Ohana Pantry held its soft opening today, offering smoothies and juices. A full menu with paninis and “meal prep” bowls will be available at its grand opening on Thursday, owner Angelica Garcia said.
Dragon fruit, acai and even activated charcoal bowls will be available.
One of the latest trends in foods, activated charcoal can give foods a deep black color and is used to detoxify the body.
Ohana Pantry will also have aguas frescas, smoothies and supplements. The meal prep bowls will have ground turkey or diced chicken atop white or brown rice, accompanied by asparagus, green beans and broccoli. Beef might be an option in the future. Paninis will also be available for those who “just want to sit down and enjoy a sandwich,” Garcia said.
The sandwiches come with either carrots, salad or baked chips.
“It’s for everyone,” she said. “But I do want to make it a space where you can come if you want that vibe of sitting down and enjoying a meal.”
Soon, she’ll have music piped through inside-and-out for people who want to work, and there’ll be board games for people who want to have some fun.
Garcia started the business with people who can’t always eat healthy in mind.
“I want you to buy back your time so you can have more time for yourself to do what you need,” she said. “Maybe you meal-prepped already, but you forgot. I’m here to be that replacement.”
Ohana is taking the former Brew Fix coffee space. Garcia says she is a little nervous about the business, but is confident that when the word gets out, her food and drinks will really catch on.
“Everyone wants to eat,” she said. “Everyone has to eat.”
The name Ohana means “family” in Hawaiian, and from her youngest niece to her parents, it’s family-run, she said. “We want everyone that comes in here to feel like family.”
She’s wants to hire up to four people and is expecting hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. At the grand opening there will be a DJ and free samples of her protein bites—balls of oatmeal and chia for quick energy and protein.
“We’re excited and I hope Fresno is excited with us,” Garcia said.