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Chai's Island Bistro at Aloha Tower closing Dec. 31

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 08:45 a.m. HST, Dec 03, 2012


After 14 years at the Aloha Tower Marketplace, Chai's Island Bistro will close at the end of the month, chef/owner Chai Chaowasaree said in a news release.

Chaowasaree is opening a new restaurant in the Honolulu Pacifica Building in February 2013 and did not renew the lease for the Aloha Tower restaurant, which has featured local entertainers as well as fine dining during its run.

"Once we announce the closing, many of our longtime entertainers who've performed here in the past called to ask if they could perform one last time" Chai said. 

Hapa, who were the frist to perform at Chai's will play on the last night.

Kumu hula Manu Boyd, Bruce and Jake Shimabukuro, Makana, Willie K, Melveen Led, Jerry Santos, Naleo's Lehua Kalima and the Brothers Cazimero will also perform this month..

Chai's  new Kapiolani Boulevard restaurant is under construction and will feature healthier cuisine, Chai said.

"There will be no butter at my new restaurant," says Chaowasaree. 

"To me, moderation is key," he said. "Different people have different dietary needs to suit their health-conscious lifestyle." 






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livinginhawaii wrote:
I'm glad he is moving. Parking there is often a disaster.
on December 2,2012 | 09:30AM
allie wrote:
Aloha Tower is a total disaster. It is like a tomb there and dangerous after dark
on December 2,2012 | 11:45AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Whatever happened to Chai's immigration case?
on December 2,2012 | 12:21PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Aloha Tower - this what can be expected from a PLDC development in the future. Oh, and just give up and make it into dormitories. bah!
on December 2,2012 | 12:27PM
Fred01 wrote:
Chai has proven himself an incompetent business man. The Aloha Tower location has been willfully neglected for over a year now. Pathetic.
on December 2,2012 | 01:49PM
clum56 wrote:
Where will the local entertainers eg, Bros Cazimero's and others perform. Will there be and area for them to perform as they have in the past. I hope that with this move that his menu will be reasonable than it was at the Aloha Tower.
on December 3,2012 | 02:00AM
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