11 Restaurant Openings and 3 Closures on O‘ahu

A monthly update on new arrivals (including Texas barbecue and Spanish-Italian by way of Japan) and what’s gone (Watanabe Bakery).
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Welcome to your monthly update of recent restaurant openings and closings. Got a tip? Send it to us at food@honolulumagazine.com



  • Arvo, an Aussie-inspired café, reopened July 22, 324 Coral St. at Salt, arvocafe.com

  • Banán, soft-serve from bananas, opened a new location in Kailua July 3, 609 Kailua Road, bananbowls.com

  • TBD…, a temporary restaurant by Vikram Garg, opened mid-June, Lotus Hotel Honolulu, 2885 Kalākaua Ave., tbdhawaii.com

  • Skull & Crown Trading Co., a tiki bar, opened June 7, 62 N. Hotel St.


SEE ALSO: First Look: TBD…


  • Spicy Chili Chili Hot, spicy noodles and sister restaurant to Sakura Ramen, opened-mid June, 429 Nāhua St.

  • Moani Island Bistro and Bar, local-style grinds, opened early June, at Ka Makana Ali‘i, 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, themoanihawaii.com

  • Tex 808 BBQ, Texas-style barbecue, opened early June, 333D Keāhole St., tex808.com

  • Mian, Sichuan noodles and sister restaurant to Chengdu Taste, reopened late May, 808 Sheridan St.


SEE ALSO: First Look: Skull & Crown Trading Co.


  • Senyu Sushi, formerly a sushi pop-up at Wisp, opened May 21, 2535 Coyne St.

  • Rigo, Spanish and Italian by a Japanese restaurant group, opened late May, 885 Kapahulu Ave., rigohawaii.com

  • Señor Pake, Chinese-Mexican, opened mid-May, inside Maunakea Marketplace, 1120 Maunakea St., Suite 111, Instagram @senorpake


SEE ALSO: Craving Warmth in a Bowl? Two Noodle Shops at the 808 Center Deliver 



  • Brue Bar closed on Bishop Street on July 26, Merchant Street location still open

  • Agu Ramen closed locations at Ward, Kapolei and Ala Moana early July; Isenberg and Pearlridge locations still open (as well as its Houston, Texas locations)

  • Watanabe Bakery closed on June 30


Open or Closed?!

Medina, by one of the chefs of the shuttered Kan Zaman, opened at the end of May, but seems to have been closed for most of July, with no responses to calls.


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