Opened and Closed
Posted 06 February 2004 - 11:42 AM
If you spot a new place in your neighborhood or areas you frequent, tell us about it here. And if you notice a favorite spot of yours has closed, report it.
I was really bummed when I went to Kekaulike Coffee Shop yesterday and found out it had new owners, switching from healthy-oriented cheapo plates, specializing in Puerto Rican pasteles, to a run-of-the-mill plate lunch place. Wah! So in case you liked it as a funky, budget spot for good food, it is no longer.
Posted 07 February 2004 - 06:17 PM
Shishido Manju in Wailuku
Shishido Manju (another story)
Washington Saimin in Makiki
Beau Soleil in Manoa
Mongolian Bar-B-Q in Kaimuki
Jaja in Palama
Both Shishido Manju and Washington Saimin had been at their respective locations for over a generation. Shishido Manju was one of the most popular omiyage that people brought home from Maui. As Irwin noted in another thread, Washington Saimin was the prototype that McDonald's tried to imitate when it first introduced Saimin to their own menu.
Beau Soleil, Mongolian Bar-B-Q, amd Jaja were not quite as prominent or established, but all had their loyal customers and filled niches in the eating environment that really aren't served very well by other restaurants, so they will be missed.
Posted 13 February 2004 - 11:55 AM
Here's a brand new place: Japan's oldest bakery has its newest location in Kahala Mall. I haven't checked it out yet, but apparently Japanese expats are crowding it to get their signature item, the name of which escapes me.
Posted 13 February 2004 - 10:22 PM
Posted 13 February 2004 - 10:41 PM
Here's a good English-language description of Kimuraya's history from the Wabi and Sabi st. Ginza Guide.
Posted 14 February 2004 - 09:26 AM
Posted 18 February 2004 - 07:42 PM
yup thats right skchai.
Chunky's - yeah - I think that closed about 15 years ago! It was across from old Honolulu Stadium on Isenberg - where First Hawaiian Bank is now (?)
Posted 08 March 2004 - 10:43 AM
Posted 08 March 2004 - 11:01 AM
Thanks for the info on the Chinese restaurant...another late-great landmark gone by the wayside.
New spot opened in Hawaii Kai (at the shopping center with Safeway): BluWater Grill. Owned and run by some Ryan's veterans. It opens today. Yes, there are kalua pig tostadas on the menu. You get the HRC drift. heh.
Posted 08 March 2004 - 02:11 PM
Tried to look up info on the whereabouts of Ting Yin, but they still seem to be listed on all the restaurant websites as being located at 125 N. King. So presumably it all happened fairly recently - do you know about when they chosed down last year? Also, it seems that the owners were involved in a fairly complicated legal battle over leases and such, though it's hard to figure out exactly what was going down from the documents on the web.
Lesa, that puke-green sauce from Chunky's intrigues me. Presumably it was not made from real hanabatas (sorry)! What approximately was in the sauce?
BTW, checked out the new Panya at Ala Moana Center. Seems to have a pretty similar selection of baked items to the old one in the McCully Shopping Center, with their "Hokkaido Bread" being the feature item. Haven't tried their sit-down dining service, though. One "innovation" that might alienate some people is that you have to pay a surcharge if you take your baked goods into the indoor dining area, though you can take them to their four outside tables without paying extra.
Some newly-opened places that I've started separate threads on:
California Wok (in Ala Moana Center)
Choi's Garden Restaurant
Posted 10 March 2004 - 01:04 AM
Posted 10 March 2004 - 09:08 PM
Sadly, the owner shut its doors in January, to make way for a larger dining chain that shall not be named. I hope he gets the restauranteur bug again soon!
Old eateries that are now only fond memories are a very popular talkstory topic. This thread over at HawaiiStories from August 2002 names quite a few.
Posted 11 March 2004 - 03:04 AM
One thing I noticed was that several of the participants mentioned Chicken Alice, which has also been mentioned by a number of people on this forum (though not on this thread) as a someplace they really miss. Also noticed that a lot of people mentioned Farrell's which kind of surprised me - I was one of the few people who could ever finish a Farrell's Pig Trough but otherwise I don't really remember the ice cream being all that different. . .
Jolly Roger . . . I could go for a Porky Boy right now. . .
Posted 11 March 2004 - 03:20 PM
Flamingo Restaurant on Ala Moana as that was where my family went to eat most often for the friendly fast service and the consistent quality with reasonable prices, especially with the set dinner menus.
Pearl City Tavern. There wasn't anyplace even close for that special occasion meal. With the Monkey Bar and upstairs Garden it was always very special. The fact that it was a substantial sized independent Restaurant located in Pearl City that served Live Maine Lobsters [I generally ordered 3 or 4 pounders] comparable to the best Lobster places on the mainland at reasonable prices was really awesome. The decoration and amenities always felt right.
Mahi-Mahi Sandwiches and good breakfasts were always available at the various "Stewart's Pharmacy Restaurants" for locals and tourists.
Too many places have closed that seemed to be just there that were special that I'm not sure of their names and maybe never even knew what they were called. It seems like there were many open window or storefronts that every one sort of took for granted especially in the Kaimuki and Kilihi areas or Bretania and King Streets that only prepared a few special items that were really good.
Posted 11 March 2004 - 04:50 PM
BTW, we were finally able to check out Mary Jane's Kitchen (aka Gohyangjip), based on kaukaulesa's fine review in last week's Honolulu Weekly. It was just as good as you mentioned - really unique among Korean restaurants here in its honest appreciation of regional specialties. Unlike other places, that generally focus on standardized Seoul-centered menu, Mary Jane's carries a lot of dishes from the Southwestern (Jeolla-do) region of Korea, that you can't get elsewhere.
Here's a sample of what we ate. Thanks, again kaukaulesa, for the great tip.
Posted 11 March 2004 - 08:49 PM
The Flamingo Chuckwagon was located on Kapolani Boulevard across from the Blaisdall Center. Served "Prime Rib" Buffet at reasonable price.
The original "Flamingo Restaurant" was located on Ala Moana Blvd at the location where a Restaurant Center was built after they lost their lease. There was also a Waikiki Location for Years where the Waikiki Center[?] was built. They also built a place in Pearl City as did the Columbia Inn. Don't know if any still operating.
Posted 12 March 2004 - 03:27 PM
Posted 24 March 2004 - 03:40 PM
Columbia Inn still has its Kaimuki location operating, though under new ownership (not the Kaneshiro family).
My ears are burning. If any readers have stories about the old Columbia Inn (Kapiolani), I'd love to hear them. I'm Tosh Kaneshiro's granddaughter, but a katonk who was still pretty young when the place turned over to Kyotaru.
Of course my family tells me some stories, but I am always on the lookout for more!
Posted 24 March 2004 - 10:10 PM
Here's a canned history of the Columbia Inn - correct me if I get any facts wrong!
The original Columbia Inn was opened on Beretania St. in Chinatown by Gentaro Kaneshiro soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and was passed onto Frank and Fred "Tosh" Kaneshiro. After they were forced to give up their lease, they moved to the historic 645 Kapiolani Blvd. location in 1964. This was originally the location "Times Grill", owned by Albert and Wallace Teruya of Times Supermarket fame. Both the Kaneshiros and the Terukyas were descendents of immigrants from Oroku Aza in Okinawa! The Kaimuki branch was opened a several years later. . .
Here's some more stuff I wrote on another thread:
We all have great memories of the Columbia Inns. They were sold in the 1980s by the Kaneshiro family to Kyotaru Corp. of Japan, a restaurant chain, which turned the Waimalu branch into a Kyotaru restaurant. Frank and Tosh Kaneshiro have long since gone on to the great Dodger Stadium in the sky. Though ironically the Inns were doing great business-wise, Kyotaru itself was teetering near bankruptcy by the late 1990s and they were sold off again. A bunch of people tried to have the Kapiolani branch turned into a State landmark, but they failed in the end and it became a Servo Pacific auto showroom. Fortunately, the Kaimuki location was bought up the brothers Tri and Thanh Nguyen who have kept it alive - as far as I know it is still open and doing well.
When the Kapiolani location closed in 2001, they held a great farewell party in which Tosh's widow Bea and her children Eugene, Norman, and Dennis were there. They showed off the famous photo for one last time. The most precious ones centered around the "Round Table" where the regulars hung out. A lot of the photos featured the Los Angeles Dodgers, of which Tosh was perhaps Hawai`i's greatest fan. Wonder what ever happend to those photos?
If you're interested in researching more about the family history, you might try contacting the Hawai`i United Okinawan Associations, which has been instrumental in developing an "Okinawan Restaurant Project" and has featured information about Oroku Aza families many times in their newsletter.
Posted 25 March 2004 - 11:18 AM
Wonder what ever happend to those photos?
Thanks for the welcome, skchai.
It is rumored that my Uncle Gene has many of the photos in boxes on his lanai, lest you think that isn't very secure, I tried to find them last time I was there, and failed completely as his lanai is jam packed full of stuff. The (in)famous Round Table itself is there, too. Also protected by fortresses of other stuff (others might say "junk" or worse).
Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:58 AM
Posted 19 May 2004 - 11:33 AM
Also went to Inamas Tei next to Puck's Alley for the first time. Amazing! If you can't afford Sasabune, the sushi there is a good lower-priced alternative. Classic edomaezushi in perfect bite-size pods as it should be. But as I left, i stuck my head into the place next door. So Japanese, stuff like "baked onigiri" (!) and "liver and leek" on the menu. I guess it's izakaya. the chef is from Tokyo, the owner from Kanagawa. It's called Kohnotori.
Posted 27 May 2004 - 01:10 AM
And Eastern Garden at the base of Waialae has been gone a while. I just noticed today that it's been replaced by a very new-agey, all-black Japanese eatery called "Momono" (or something similar).
Anyone know anything about either?
Posted 27 May 2004 - 11:54 AM
Don't know much about Momomo I thought I came across the Eastern Garden website fairly recently, though. . . spooky.
Posted 11 August 2004 - 09:39 PM
Posted 13 August 2004 - 11:45 AM
Friday, August 13, 2004
Breakfast bliss alert -- I can't wait for Saturday
I hope the folks at the Saturday Market will be putting out extra tables this weekend. They're going to need them to accommodate the crowds lining up for breakfast.
The KCC Saturday Farmers' Market tip sheet has my mouth watering already. And it's unfair, too -- I'll have to choose one dish, but I want to try all three! From the tip sheet, describing breakfast to be prepared by Chef Jim Gillespie of Sunset Grill at Restaurant Row:
* Portuguese Sweetbread Monte Cristo (ham and cheese sandwich dipped in an island fresh egg batter and fried)
* Wild Salmon Hash on Dean's Greens with Tarragon Vinaigrette and Hauula Tomato Relish
* Roasted Eggplant, Island Vegetables and Goat Cheese in a Wrap
What to do?? Maybe try one and take another home for lunch.