| NEW RESTAURANTS IN HAWAII
Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka of MW Restaurant have opened Artizen by MW. This takeout spot in the Hawaii State Art Museum offers breakfast, salads and sandwiches, plus a bento box, spicy tuna bowl and kalua pork quesadilla. Artizen by MW, 250 S. Hotel St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-524-0499.
Vino, Honolulu's go-to place for local oenophiles, has re-opened in a new space close to its original location. Vino, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 6F, Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-524-8466.
Chef Peter Merriman, a leading pioneer of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, will open a location of Merriman's on Oahu. It is scheduled to open in June 2017 on the ground floor of the Anaha tower in Ward Village. Merriman's, Anaha, 1108 Auahi St., Honolulu, HI 96814, no phone.
Chef/owner Ed Kenney has opened his third restaurant in Honolulu's Kaimuki neighborhood. Joining Town and Kaimuki Superette is Mud Hen Water, which presents contemporary Hawaiian fare such as clams with kalua pig, cabbage and charred chives. Mud Hen Water, 3452 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, 808-737-6000.
Waikiki Spam Jam Returns April 30
Honoring Hawai‘i’s beloved canned meat, the Waikiki Spam Jam is a festive annual street festival. Held along Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue, the event will feature food (with, of course, Spam!) and family-friendly entertainment. There will also be merchandise tents offering Spam-themed clothing and other items. The event, which begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., benefits the Hawai‘i Foodbank. Admission is free. For more information, visit Waikiki Spam Jam's website
Valentine's Day at Alan Wong's Honolulu
Alan Wong's Honolulu will offer a five-course menu in honor of Valentine's Day. Dishes will include ancho chile hatcho miso braised duck with Ho Farms eggplant and spigharello. The cost is $95 per person. Alan Wong's Honolulu, 1857 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-949-2526.
Alan Wong Expanding to China
Chef Alan Wong (Alan Wong's Honolulu) will open Alan Wong's Shanghai in China. Some dishes on the menu might include "Duck Duck" (duck meatball and foie gras steamed in rice paper with yuzu ponzu); Niman Ranch New York strip with black bean sambal shrimp; and lilikoi tart with caramel meringue, shortbread crumbs and brown sugar crisp. Alan Wong's Honolulu, 1857 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-949-2526.
Former Vintage Cave Honolulu chef Chris Kajioka will open a new restaurant, Senia, with chef Anthony Rush in 2016. Senia, 75 N. King St., Honolulu, HI 96817, no phone.
Jonathan Mizukami has been named chef de cuisine of Chef Mavro in Honolulu. Most recently, he was executive chef of Honolulu’s Vintage Cave. A graduate of the Maui Culinary Academy, Mizukami also worked with Thomas Keller at The French Laundry for 10 years. Chef Mavro, 1969 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-944-4714.
|HAWAII RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Fresh Cafe has closed its locations in downtown Honolulu and Kakaako (831 Queen St). Fresh Cafe, 1121 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96813, no phone.
The Ward Village location of Kua Aina Sandwich has closed. The mini-chain is known for its juicy burgers. Kua Aina Sandwich remains open in Haleiwa and Kapolei. Kua Aina Sandwich, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814, no phone.
The Lodge at Koele Dining Room is temporarily closed while the Four Seasons hotel undergoes renovations. It is expected to re-open in late 2016. The Lodge at Koele Dining Room, Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele, One Keomoku Hwy., Lanai City, HI 96763, 808-565-4000.
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