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The third outpost of Arancino, a Napoli-style restaurant, opened at The Kahala Hotel & Resort on June 18. The venue introduces a new Italian dining concept that offers guests different ways to create their five-course dinner. The menu showcases dishes using imported Italian ingredients as well as fresh local products. In addition, Arancino offers about 100 different wines from Italy and the Pacific Rim in a wine list designed by Shinya Tasaki, the winner of the World's Best Sommelier Award in 1995. For more information and reservations, visit Lunch & Dinner daily. Arancino, The Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, 808-739-8888.
PACREP, LLC, announced that it will partner with ESquared Hospitality to launch Hawaii's second BLT restaurant: BLT Market. The "farm to table" restaurant will be located at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, on Oahu, and is set to open in late 2015 or early 2016. BLT Market's menu will feature an array of organic and sustainable grains, herbs, vegetables, fish and free-range animals. It will be driven by the seasonal availability of ingredients sourced from local and regional areas that supply the city's farmers markets. BLT Market, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, 2112 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, no phone.
Edo-style sushi bar Sushi Sho, based in Japan, has announced it will open its first overseas restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, a new luxury condominium scheduled to debut in 2016. Sushi Sho's main restaurant is located in Yotsuya and has 15 branches throughout Japan. Owner Keiji Nakazawa is well known for the techniques and skills he uses to age the fish used in his sushi, enhancing flavors with salt, vinegar, and other special ingredients. He works with 40 different kinds of fish with each one having its own unique preparation method. He also puts an emphasis on finding balance between the rice and fish, choosing various types of rice that each hold different temperatures. Sushi Sho, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, 2112 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, no phone.
Leroy Guo, who was best known for his tiny T.A.S.T.E. taco stand in Honolulu a few years ago, has teamed up with Sam Hwang --- formerly of Ka and Umeke Market --- to create a lunch spot in Chinatown next door to NextDoor, a well-known nightclub. Kitchen @ NextDoor is only open for weekday lunch to cater to downtown workers, but may open for special events and block parties. The place is popular due to its generous portions and reasonable prices on items like $3 fusion tacos filled with marinated barbecue beef brisket, carnitas and cilantro chicken. The same meats are used on quesadillas and taco salads. For more information, call 808-227-4022. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Kitchen @ NextDoor, 43 N. Hotel St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-227-4022.

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Tickets on Sale for the 3rd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival taking place September 1, 5–9, 2013. Chefs and co-event chairs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong present the festival, which highlights the bounty of local produce in the islands. Events will take place at The Modern Honolulu, Halekulani and Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. For more information, visit

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Thomas Ho has been named executive chef of 53 By The Sea, replacing chef Hiroshi Hayakawa, who opened the restaurant last year. Hayakawa left 53 By The Sea to open more restaurants in Japan, but remains an advisor to the waterfront venue. Ho was formerly the chef de cuisine at Orchids in the Halekulani, and Hoku's in The Kahala Hotel & Resort. Lunch & Dinner daily. 53 By The Sea, 53 Ahui St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-536-5353.
Almar Arcano is the new executive chef at Cafe Julia in the YWCA, located in downtown Honolulu. Arcano was with Hy's Steak House for 29 years and was most recently part-owner and chef at Good to Grill and Formaggio. Andy Dalan, who was the chef at Yogurstory and a winner of the Rice Fest's 2012 "Riceipe" contest, has been named pastry chef. The new team replaces the original kitchen staff led by chef Lance Kosaka. For more information and reservations, call 808-533-3334. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Wed.-Fri., Brunch Sun. Cafe Julia, YWCA of Honolulu, 1040 Richards St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-533-3334.


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Le Guignol had its last evening of service on April 30, 2013. This well established French restaurant in Honolulu had been in business for 14 years. Le Guignol, Medical Arts Building, 1010 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96814, no phone.

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