Restaurant Closures and Openings
This week, I have a lot of good news and some bad news. Last Tuesday, there was a fire near Chicken in a Barrel in Kapaa. The Star Advertiser reports, “Damage to the structure and its contents, including the restaurant’s refrigeration unit and ice machine, was estimated at $30,000. A neighboring building also sustained some heat damage.” Also, I recently learned that Da Imu Hut, one of the westside restaurants in our Kauai restaurant guidebook, closed due to a death in the family. Our hearts go out to them, and I’m told new owners plan to reopen the restaurant in Eleele, where Toi’s Thai Cuisine used to be. Grove Cafe at Waimea Plantation Cottages is closing also. I’m told it’s going to reopen some time this fall as Kalapaki Joe’s.