Food News

Downtown set to close In an unfortunate turn of events, the Hawaii State Art Museum’s Ilima Awards-winning restaurant, Downtown, is set to close Sept. 15. The artfully complementary restaurant, located on the first floor of the museum, focuses on cooking and preparing local, fresh and organic foods. Make sure to check Downtown out before their doors close.

Downtown, No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 S. Hotel St., open Mon.–Sat., 11am–2pm, 536-5900

Local French elegance The Waikiki-based Halekulani, known for its long-held tradition of classic Aloha hospitality and its highly respected fine-dining restaurant La Mer, has just celebrated the opening of a new French history-inspired bar, L’Aperitif. A tribute to sophisticated Parisian culture and elegant “joy of living,” or as the French say, joie de vivre, the bar offers themed cocktails and delicious appetizers.

L’Aperitif, 2199 Kalia Rd., open daily, 6–10pm, 923-2311

Fine achievement Allan Okuda was recognized as an honorary inductee of the American Academy of Chefs, an honor society of the American Culinary Federation, on July 15 for his culinary accomplishments. Okuda is a local chef and a professor at the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Community College.

Noodles, anyone? A new Japanese chain restaurant has landed in Waikiki, bringing authentic comfort foods to the otherwise flashy city. Noodles a’plenty, delicate chicken karage, seafood and other Japanese staples line the menu, along with free Wi-Fi. The first of its kind in Hawaii, Ringer Hut has more than 550 locations in Japan. Free validated parking after 5pm.

Ringer Hut, Waikiki Trade Center, 2255 Kuhio Ave., Ste. 11, First Fl., 11am–11pm, 924-8366

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