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 Robert Urquidi—who runs the beloved hole in the wall with his wife, Minaka—grew up in Hawai‘i Kai, his chef brother lives next door to the club, and this new spot gives the family some creative license to come up with new dishes, it all makes sense.
“It’s totally open,” says Urquidi, who grew up in Mariner’s Cove. “We can play.”
Here’s how it happened: The O‘ahu Club was looking for someone to take over its café, which used to serve simple grab-and-go fare such as sandwiches and hot dogs. A friend approached the Urquidis, who were thinking about a second location, and that’s it. They signed a two-year lease and now Ethel’s Grill fans from East Honolulu can easily get their fix. Plus, this café is open until 8 p.m. on weeknights, 7 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. (The Kalihi location is only open until 2 p.m. and closed on Sundays.)