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August 2012 Archive

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HAWAII RESTAURANT NEWS



Openings

Crab City has opened in Honolulu. The restaurant specializes in seafood steamed with spices and seasonings like garlic butter, Cajun and lemon garlic butter. Options might include lobster, Dungeness crab, snow crab, blue crab, shrimp, clams and mussels. The menu also offers fried catfish, salt and pepper shrimp or calamari, clam chowder, and sweet potato or Cajun fries. Crab City, 3441 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, 808-780-3115.
 
Halekulani has launched a new bar concept LAperitif Halekulani has launched a new bar concept, L'Aperitif, located within La Mer, the hotel's fine dining restaurant. L'Aperitif is a destination on its own, or may be visited before dining at other Halekulani restaurants. The hotel collaborated with Colin Field of the Ritz Paris' Le Bar Hemingway to conceive this new spot, while Halekulani executive chef Vikram Garg and La Mer chef de cuisine Alexandre Trancher created unique dishes to complement L'Aperitif's cocktails. Oyster with lychee ginger sorbet as well as Big Island goat cheese with cinnamon tuile and pickled beetroot may pair with cocktails like The Serendipity and Hemingway Old Fashioned. Reservations are not required at L'Aperitif, which is open from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. daily. L’Aperitif, Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-923-2311.
 


 

News Bytes

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa Launches Premium Wine Program
The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa has launched Sheraton Social Hour, a first-of-its-kind premium wine program offered at the resort. Sheraton Social Hour offers guests a specially created menu of premium wines and daily tasting events, which begin at 5 p.m. Sheraton Selects, an upgraded premium wine menu comprised of a rotation of eight or more wines by the glass, will be among the premium wines offered during Sheraton Social Hour. The program also introduces specially selected premium bottled waters, Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water and S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water. For more information, visit www.SheratonKeauhou.com. Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, 78-128 Ehukai St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, 808-930-4900.
 


Chef Shuffles

Isaac Bancaco has been named executive chef of Kapalua Resort's Pineapple Grill. He was most recently the chef de cuisine at the Grand Wailea's signature restaurant, Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. Born and raised on Maui, Bancaco attended the Western Culinary Institute --- now called Le Cordon Bleu --- in Portland, Ore., and has appeared on "Iron Chef" with Ming Tsai. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pineapple Grill, 200 Kapalua Dr., Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-669-9600.
 
Jeremy Shigekane has been named chef de cuisine of Hoku's restaurant at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. He reports to executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi. Previously, Shigekane was chef de cuisine at Chai's Island Bistro at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Prior to that, he worked in New York City at Fulton and The Oak Room at The Plaza. Shigekane will be directly involved in coordinating Hoku's Chef's Table Grand Dining Experience events which are offered periodically throughout the year. Hoku's, The Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, 808-739-8780.
 
The interior of Nobu Waikiki Pastry chef Rachel Murai has left her position at Nobu Waikiki in the Waikiki Parc Hotel. Nobu corporate pastry chef Jason Licker has stepped in for the time being at the Honolulu location of chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s international chain of Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurants. Licker is offering desserts such as soy caramel pineapple tobanyaki with young coconut water sorbet. Nobu Waikiki, Wakiki Parc Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-237-6999.
 


Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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After five years at the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM), Ed Kenney's Downtown @ the Hisam will close on September 15. Kenney, who also owns Town restaurant in Kaimuki, will put his catering operations on hold until he finds a new location --- preferably in the downtown area to cater to the business crowd. Although Downtown @ the Hisam was popular, Kenney's reason for closing is due to an impasse in lease negotiations with the HiSAM on a favorable, second five-year lease. Downtown @ the Hisam, Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 Hotel St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-536-5900.
 
Downtown @ the Hisam, the restaurant at the Hawaii State Art Museum, is closing after September 15th due to a dispute over the lease. Downtown @ the Hisam, Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 Hotel St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-536-5900.
 

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