Department of Health recalls products from Waipahu-based First Commercial Kitchen LLC and suspends the company’s permit to operate due to allegedly improperly manufactured products that pose potential health risks. For a full list of recalled products, which include items from Aloha Salads, Arturo’s, India Cafe, and Soul de Cuba, see [hawaii.gov]
Grand opening: Beach Bum Cafe, a new microbrew coffee house, on First Friday, 2/4. The cafe serves and sells only 100 percent Hawaii-grown coffee, some of which are served exclusively at Beach Bum Cafe. The microbrew café model allows customers to select from a multitude of coffees and brew methods, including espresso, Chemex, vacuum pot and cloth filter. Each beverage is made one cup at a time.
Opened: Leonardo’s at Turtle Bay Resort. Featuring a relatively inexpensive Italian menu with housemade pastas ($13-$18) and pizzas ($14-$16).
Opened: Il Lupino. Another Italian-Italian restaurant (versus a red-sauced Italian-American eatery) opened in the Royal Hawaiian Center, owned by Peter and Wolfgang Sweiner of Wolfgang’s Steakhouses. There’s also pleasant outside seating.
Opening: Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, Feb. 7. A casual eatery by Peter Merriman, featuring locally sourced ingredients and a simple menu including hamburgers on housemade buns, pizzas baked in a kiawe wood-burning oven, and pies.
Opened: Japengo in the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Lahaina. Featuring Pacific Rim cuisine and a Sushi Lounge.
Opened: The Tavern at Princeville. Comfort food by Roy Yamaguchi, Tavern chef Sabre Kennedy and Roy’s restaurants corporate chef Jackie Lau. The restaurant also has its own permaculture organic garden.
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