Dean & DeLuca previews first Hawaii location
Dean & DeLuca’s first Hawaii location is a bright, airy, two-story market, cafe and wine bar at the base of the Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach, at 383 Kalaimoku Street, that will open to the public on Wednesday.
The first floor features a coffee bar and cafe that will offer coffees and other hot or cold drinks with pastries and additional baked goods, as well as ready-to-eat, or heat-and-eat foods that can be purchased for grab-and-go or by-the-pound.
Hawaiian sodas, Dean & DeLuca’s take on Italian sodas, will be offered in tropical flavors including lilikoi, according to General Manager Luke Blubaugh.
The first floor also has a gourmet market with Dean & DeLuca-branded food items and snacks such as coated almonds in a range of flavors, and a variety of chocolate bars, such as salted dark chocolate, and logo items such as tote bags, canvas and insulated, water bottles, and more.
The second floor wine lounge will offer wines by the glass and noshables such as charcuterie, cheese, or bruschetta platters made using a range of imported, domestic, and made-in-Hawaii products.
Specialty meats and cheeses also may be purchased by the pound, and there are 30 to 35 cheeses from which to choose, said Johan Svensson, executive chef for Dean & DeLuca. More are coming from local purveyors, he said. Svensson also is executive chef for BLT Market on the building’s eighth floor.
Dean & DeLuca’s first-floor patio offers outdoor seating for 40, while the second floor lounge can seat as many as 20 people.
Dean & DeLuca will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily starting Wednesday. The first hour of parking is complimentary with a minimum purchase of $30, and costs $4 for each half-hour thereafter.
Corrected: Based on information from the company, a previous version of this story reported a different opening date.