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Hiroyuki Sakai to open a Waikiki cafe, LudoBites comes to Hualalai and other food news


Iron Chef Sakai and LudoBites is coming to Hawaii, but right now, the hubbub is over the new, expanded Nico's.

Another Iron Chef enters the Waikiki arena: In July, Hiroyuki Sakai will open his first restaurant outside of Japan in DFS Waikiki. At a young 69 (what, doesn't everybody open new restaurants at that age?), Sakai will bring his signature French-based style with Japanese tastes to Hawaii, in the space currently occupied by Starbuck's in the outside courtyard of DFS Waikiki. It will serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in a cafe-style atmosphere. He's looking for a local chef de cuisine to helm his new restaurant. When Morimoto Waikiki opened, a lot of cooks left Nobu for Morimoto; perhaps soon, Morimoto will know how it feels to lose chefs to the new Japanese celebrity chef in town.

LudoBites is popping up in the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai from March 6-18. Mention of Ludo Lefebvre's name is tinged with hyperbole: He's the chef Time magazine named "The Chef of the Future" with his roving pop-up restaurant concept, and LAWeekly's Jonathan Gold called LudoBites the "Kitchen of a Genius." For reservations, call (808) 325-8450.

Nico fans, if you haven't already heard: Nico's at Pier 38 has moved across the street and expanded big time—it's four times bigger and now includes a full bar, store and dinner service. Check it out.
1129 N. Nimitz Hwy., nicospier38.com, (phones aren't working at the moment)

Today is Beach Bum Cafe's first birthday. Celebrate with half-off a Hawaii-grown, fresh-roasted cup of coffee at one of the first cafes to bring serious coffee culture to Honolulu.
Friday, Beach Bum Cafe is open 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., 1008 Bishop St.

Jin Din Rou, known for its soup dumplings, didn't even make a year. It closed last week.

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