Japanese-American Wagyu Burger Restaurant Opens

July 20, 2022

A high-quality, fast-casual Wagyu burger concept, Ojai Burger, is celebrating its Grand Opening and debut in Old Towne Orange on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at noon. The concept is a rebrand of a popular Ojai, CA establishment, Yume Japanese Burger Cafe, and will be the first of its kind in Orange County, offering a menu of burgers, fries, dessert waffles, milkshakes, and more at 238 W Chapman Ave #100, one block from Orange Plaza’s central pedestrian hub.

To celebrate the highly-anticipated Grand Opening, the first 100 guests in line at noon will receive a FREE Burger or Sandwich of their choice. Additionally, throughout the day, the menu will be offered at 50% off and each guest will have the opportunity to spin a prize wheel at the register to win FREE food on a future visit and a ‘Supporter Since Day 1’ card offering 15% off all future orders for the entire first year. Other festivities will include live music on the shared patio.

Founded by longtime friends Michael Wu, Carl Tong, Kasper Hsu, and Peter Yang, Ojai Burger was conceived after a vacation to Ojai, CA when the friends stumbled upon a five-star burger brand Yume Japanese Burger Cafe on Yelp. After meeting with Yume’s founders, Takeshi Ozaki, a Japanese tennis coach by trade who conceptualized his passion for cooking into his first restaurant, and his wife Chikage Ozaki, the friends decided to partner with the duo in creating Ojai Burger to bring high-quality Wagyu burgers and other aspects of the Yume concept to Orange County and beyond. 

The restaurant occupies the 1000 square foot space, formerly Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and offers an intimate indoor dining space and shared patio space with neighboring Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. The Ojai Burger menu features an assortment of Japanese-American eats ranging from Wagyu Burgers, featuring patties prepared in a rich and savory marinade for 24 hours served on a brioche bun, to traditional Japanese Mochi Waffles available in unique flavors like Ume (purple yam) and Matcha. Appetizers include Karaage Chicken, Japanese Croquettes, and Takoyaki. Chicken Sandwiches and an assortment of loaded fries, such as the Topa Topa Loaded Wagyu Fries, will be served alongside milkshakes, and other offerings incorporating the flavors of Japanese cuisine at the fast-casual, counter-service concept.

Ojai Burger, which aims to combine the tastes of the American palate with the modality of Japanese cuisine and Ojai’s culture, will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m.  – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

238 W Chapman Ave #100 in Orange.




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