In the past two years, local food trucks have rolled a long way in terms of diversity and quality: sandwiches designed by a James Beard winner at Jose Andres’s Pepe, slices straight from a wood-fired oven at Frankly Pizza and Hawaiian favorites from Hula Girl. Starting in late October, Tokyo in the City — a venture founded by high school friends turned business partners Yong Yi and Min Song, both 29 — began rolling sushi to order for the Washington lunchtime crowd.
The Manassas entrepreneurs’ sleek mobile canteen stands out against the urban backdrop. Graphics of pink cherry blossoms and ruby red lanterns cover the truck, a mix of Top 40 hits and K-pop pours out of speakers by the order window, and the dapper employee who takes orders sports a preppy striped tie.
“I wondered whether people would want to eat sushi from a truck,” says Yi, who also owns the Asian-accented, D.C.-centric hoagie truck Wassub. “So I wanted our look to be clean and modern.”