Grind Time: New Fresh Cafe eyes grand opening
BY JASON GENEGABUS / firstname.lastname@example.org
After a few months of remodeling and fine-tuning, Fresh Cafe Downtown is ready for its grand opening in the former Indigo space on Nuuanu Avenue, according to owner Tiffany Tanaka. A grand opening blessing and celebration is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday.
Just like the original Fresh Cafe on Queen Street, Tanaka has positioned the new downtown Honolulu location as a multi-use space that will serve as a restaurant, cocktail lounge, coffee bar or performance space, depending on which room you’re in and what day of the week (and even time of day) you visit.
And just like in Kakaako, a lot of time and effort has been put into the menu in accordance with Fresh Cafe’s mission statement to offer “healthy food choices” and promote “creativity, sustainability, local business and fresh ideas.” The statement is prominently displayed in the restaurant to serve as a reminder for customers as well as employees.
Tanaka hosted a private reception this week to preview a number of dishes off the new menu, plus sample sips of signature cocktails developed for the downtown location.
There are plenty of options for seating at Fresh Cafe Downtown. No matter which room you choose, however, you’re in the right place for a good time — according to this sign, at least.
Fried avocado, served with a choice of roasted garlic aioli, ginger wasabi aioli or housemade ranch dressing:
Bacon-wrapped button mushrooms, stuffed with spinach artichoke dip:
Fried baby carrots with a choice of roasted garlic aioli, ginger wasabi aioli or housemade ranch dressing:
Fresh Cafe’s kalua pork nachos with salsa and sour cream:
The Philly pizza, made with roast beef, Swiss cheese, fromage blanc, peppers, onions and mushrooms:
The Pop-Eye pizza, made with marinated artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, prosciutto and spinach:
The Hawaiian pizza, made with kalua pork, lup cheong, char siu chicken, lomi lomi tomato sauce and chili pepper water:
Miso salmon with bok choy and fennel slaw over white rice:
Garlic-stuffed chicken with picatta sauce served over wild rice and seasoned vegetables:
Bacon bourbon steak with mashed potatoes and spinach salad:
Warm garlic spinach bacon salad with house-blended soy vinaigrette and mushrooms:
Fresh chicken salad with house-blended soy vinaigrette:
Biscuits and gravy, made with Makiki Bake Shop butter biscuits drenched in housemade bacon gravy and served with sausage and eggs:
Fresh Cafe Downtown is located at 1111 Nuuanu Ave. and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. daily (closed Sundays); also open late for special events. Call (808) 953-7374 or visit freshcafehi.com.
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