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20 08, 2017

People in Hawaii are the Nation’s Worst Tippers, Square Says

Categories: Industry News, Hawaii|

Hawaii is the state with the worst tippers in the United States, a new report compiled by Time via transaction information from payment processor Square(NYSE: SQ) has found. Hawaii was the worst state for adding gratuities to a bill, averaging only 14.8 percent on average, the report found. Massachusetts was No. 2 with 15 percent, and California ranked

30 07, 2017

New Pizza-and-Wine Concept at Waikiki Hotel Planned by Japan Restaurant Owner

Categories: Hawaii, Foodservice|

The Japan-based restaurant company that owns the Tony Roma and Taormina restaurants in Hawaii is opening a new concept this fall in Outrigger Hotels’ Ohana Waikiki East hotel. The Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar is currently being built out in the former Keoni’s by Keo restaurant space on the ground floor of the hotel,

23 07, 2017

Williams Sonoma Spotlights Hawaii Flavors Though Chef Ed Kenney

Categories: Industry News, Hawaii|

Upscale kitchen retailer Williams Sonoma is spotlighting Hawaii cuisine through chef Ed Kenney, and his newest restaurant venture in Honolulu, Mahina and Sun's. An email campaign sent Friday to the retailer's customer mailing list features Kenney, who is also featured on the Williams Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) website, alongside recipes from Kenney's Waikiki restaurant. The feature, "A Mahalo

9 07, 2017

Alan Wong’s The Pineapple Room at Ala Moana Center to Close

Categories: Hawaii, Other, Foodservice|

After 18 years, The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong located in Macy’s at Ala Moana Center will serve its last meal on July 29. The restaurant opened with Liberty House in September 1999 as the famed local chef’s first expansion project. According to a statement by President and Owner Alan Wong, the decision to close was amicable and was a

2 07, 2017

Don Quijote Acquires Hawaii-Based Times Supermarkets

Categories: Hawaii|

Don Quijote Holdings Co., Ltd on Wednesday said that an affiliate has executed a stock purchase agreement to acquire Hawaii-based Times Supermarkets. The Japanese company will purchase QSI, Inc., which operates 24 supermarkets in Hawaii. They include 17 Times Supermarket stores on Oahu, Maui and Kauai; five Big Save Markets on Kauai; Shima’s Supermarket on

25 06, 2017

McDonald’s Restaurants in Hawaii Using Snapchat Partnership to Boost Recruitment

Categories: Hawaii|

Hawaii’s 74 McDonald’s restaurants are in need of an average of 10 employees per restaurant, according to the company’s human resources manager for the Hawaii region. Paulette Tomita told Pacific Business News the restaurant chain’s need for 700 new employees for the summer in Hawaii is a “conservative number” as the chain plans to roll

16 06, 2017

Students and Diners Win at New Leahi Concept Kitchen

Categories: Hawaii|

Leahi Concept Kitchen new restaurant boasting a partnership with a local culinary school, opened at the Waikiki Parc in May. The hotel partnered with nearby Kapiolani Community College, giving students from its culinary program the opportunity to learn from and work beside the professionals at the Leahi Concept Kitchen. As part of the partnership, the