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14 05, 2017

Chipotle May Be Getting Ready to Open Restaurants in Hawaii

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Chipotle Mexican Grill could finally be coming to Hawaii, following the restaurant chain's registration of two business entities with the state Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs last month. Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) filed two separate registrations on April 14 with the DCCA, one for Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., and one for Chipotle Services,

7 05, 2017

Hawaii Distributor Tells State 2 Stores Didn’t Sell Contaminated Poke

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Tropic Hawaii, a food distributor that found hepatitis A in frozen raw ahi used to make poke served at various Hawaii food establishments, said Wednesday that it incorrectly identified Aloha Sushi as one of the restaurants serving the contaminated food. According to the Hawaii state Department of Health, the Aloha Sushi located at 3131 N.

16 04, 2017

State Confirms 9 Rat Lungworm Cases

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Researchers are calling it an epidemic: a big spike in the number of people infected with rat lungworm disease in Hawaii.  The Department of Health says so far there are nine confirmed cases of the disease. Four are Maui residents, two are visitors who contracted it on Maui, and three live on Hawaii Island.  State officials are

16 04, 2017

First Look The Café by Ethel’s Grill

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THE BELOVED KALIHI HOLE IN THE WALL OPENS A CAFÉ IN HAWAI‘I KAI, WITH ALL THE FAVORITES PLUS SOMETHING CALLED UNICORN POOP. It may sounds like a crazy move for the second-generation owners of Ethel’s Grill in Kalihi to open in the snack shop of the members-only O‘ahu Club in Hawai‘i Kai.   But considering

9 04, 2017

Pioneer Saloon opening 2nd restaurant in Kakaako

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Pioneer Saloon, a popular Japanese-style gourmet plate lunch restaurant located across from Waikiki Elementary School, is opening a second location at Kamehameha Schools’ Salt at Our Kakaako retail and restaurant complex, a manager from Pioneer confirmed to Pacific Business News Friday. Pioneer Saloon has been open for about eight years on Monsarrat Avenue, and it

2 04, 2017

Meet Vintage Cave’s Italian cousin, Vintage Cave Cafe

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Dining at the new Vintage Cave Cafe is a unique experience. You’ll find imported brick, custom murals, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, Norman Rockwell paintings and … slippahs. Yes, despite costing a reported $20 million to build and furnish, diners can come in shorts and T-shirts. Where the original Vintage Cave was inaccessible to many, Vintage Cave

20 03, 2017

First Look: Umami-ya Shabu Shabu

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Umami-ya Shabu Shabu opened last week as the hot-pot craze in Hawai‘i seems to be on a steady simmer. But restaurateur Peter Kim believes his version of the popular concept—more upscale, more Korean—offers something different. He’s focusing on high-quality meats including U.S. wagyu beef and Kurobuta pork belly, local veggies and distinctly Korean flavors. And

20 03, 2017

The new hub for Hawaii’s up and coming chefs

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The 7.8-acre facility, located on the former Fort Ruger Cannon Club site behind Diamond Head crater, includes a multi-function laboratory and an Asian cuisine laboratory; one of two paved parking lots; an umu pit; farm plots; and infrastructure improvements, such as water, electrical and sewer connections. The culinary teaching labs have cameras at the teaching

6 03, 2017

Bill to increase Hawaii minimum wage to $15 advances in Senate committee

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Two bills relating to raising Hawaii’s minimum wage were heard at the Legislature on Tuesday, one passing with amendments and the other deferred. Senate Bill 107, introduced by Sen. Karl Rhoads, was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee after passing the Committee on Judiciary and Labor on Tuesday. The bill proposes increasing the