Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Celebrity chef Michael Mina to open second eatery in Hawaii

One of my favorite mainland chefs Michael Mina, is bringing his culinary talents to Waikiki. On May 19 the creative restaurateur is opening The Street, A Michael Mina Social House- on Oahu- a gourmet gathering place and a multi-concept collaboration between a roster of talented chefs. The 6,900-square foot  venue is designed as a culinary journey for friends and families to gather for casual meals or festive celebrations to savor everything from barbecue to beer and pizza to poke, The Street will house actually 13 different restaurant concepts, each presenting a delicious menu driven by the chefs’ passion for the foods they love to cook and eat. 

“In my childhood home, meals were an event. Everything overflowed – the food, the guests and the conversation. Our table was the heart of the family,” said Mina. “I established The Street to capture that sense of excitement and celebration. It’s one giant overflowing table where our family of masterful chefs create innovative cuisine with serious crave appeal.”

Unique to Mina’s new eatery is The Street Party Pass, a moveable feast that allows patrons to create their own culinary adventure.  The Street Party Pass provides a convenient, value-driven way for diners to enjoy a variety of dishes for $37, exclusively available to Party Pass holders. With purchase comes seven items of each holders choosing from any of the restaurant stalls, available for redemption within a 30 day period.

Reflecting a global perspective while also elevating Hawai‘i’s wholesome and local fare, the participating chefs and their restaurant concepts are:

  • ·         Michael Mina of Little Lafa, a Mediterranean kitchen with cuisine from Mina’s Middle Eastern upbringing.
  • ·         Adam Sobel of Adam’s Nana Lu, an eatery serving up soulful and authentic Italian food from Sobel’s childhood, including recipes made with love from his grandmother, Nana Lu, in her Italian kitchen.
  • ·         Chef and author, Ayesha Curry is behind International Smoke, serving lighter takes on barbecue dishes inspired by exotic places and “down home” smoke pits.
  • ·         Craig Min of LAMILL Coffee, an artisanal coffee bar with handpicked ingredients.
  • ·         David Varley of Maui Onion Burger, a chef-driven, made-with-aloha cool and casual burger joint.
  • ·         Gerald Chin of Kai Poke, a creative and contemporary interpretation of locally sourced seafood combined with bold flavors.
  • ·         Ken Tominaga of The Ramen Bar, a noodle stand reflective of Tokyo’s popular cuisine with a modern twist.
  • ·         O‘ahu-born and raised Michelle Karr-Ueoka of Aloha Ice, an elevated dessert bar with fresh spins on shave ice and other sweet treats.

Additional restaurant concepts  include: Beer, a beer garden and wine bar featuring an assortment of locally brewed Hawaiian beers; Indie Girl, a wellness bar with smoothies, island fresh juices and kombucha on tap curated in part by local health guru Sam Custin of Haleiwa Bowls; The Myna Bird, a tiki bar paying homage to Don the Beachcomber and his squawking bird; Mindful Greens, a concept rooted in thoughtful, healthy eating; and The Street Chocolate Bar, a boutique chocolate shop showcasing Hawai‘i-made chocolates.

The Street will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night making it the perfect destination for any occasion any day of the week. Select vendors will have extended hours for late night happenings such as DJ sets and reverse happy hours.

“The Street will feature an approachable way to experience incredibly diverse, fine-dining caliber cuisine from a variety of talented chefs.  It is very much inspired by the local community and the idea of bringing people together through the universal language of great food, great people and fun times,” said Mina. “The atmosphere will be upbeat and energetic and reflective of the Hawaiian lifestyle.”

The restaurant is located at 2330 Kalâkaua Ave., on the ground floor of the International Market Place. Valet, self-parking and parking validation is available. The Street will join MINA Group’s contemporary American steakhouse, STRIPSTEAK Waikiki, located on the Market Place’s Third Floor Grand Lânai. The Street Honolulu is the first of its kind, while a second one will open in Los Angeles’ Beverly Center in 2018.

ABOUT MINA GROUPMINA Group is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts. MINA Group is led by Chef/Owner Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year. Operating since 2002, MINA Group currently manages over 30 concepts across the country. For a complete list of restaurants, please visit Follow Michael Mina on Facebook at Michael Mina, Twitter @ChefMichaelMina and Instagram at ChefMichaelMina.