Kona Grill open in Waikiki
Arizona-based Kona Grill has opened its first Hawaii location in the International Market Place, on the third floor Grand Lanai.
Offering such items as the Big Kahuna cheeseburger, sushi rolls both traditional and naruto-style, or rice-free, the more than 30-location restaurant company has recently rebranded to avoid using such terms as Hawaiian, or Asian-fusion, to describe its menu offerings.
The company calls its 8,380 square-foot restaurant in Waikiki the first of its kind in Hawaii. Led by chef Alejandro Baez, the restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
The Kona Grill bar offers daily pau-hana specials including cocktails and pupu.
Stripsteak by Michael Mina and Eating House 1849, by Roy Yamaguchi, opened on August 25, the day of the International Market Place opening. Additional restaurants will be opening on the Grand Lanai in the coming months including Chinese dim sum restaurant and tea house Yauatcha, in November; pizza restaurant Flour & Barley, in December; Herringbone, by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey in February; and Japanese restaurant Baku, in Spring of 2017. Other restaurants, including locally based Goma Tei, are characterized on the International Market Place website as "coming soon."