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Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener in Waikiki (and other locations) will get a new sister restaurant that might itself become a chain.

It is a new concept for Zwiener called Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar, and, as one might suspect, it will be an Italian restaurant. The flagship restaurant will be at Royal Hawaiian Center.

"Il Lupino" means "the little wolf," a nickname Zwiener picked up during his travels through Italy.

The first cuisine-love of steakhouse namesake Zwiener was Italian food, said publicist Mona Wood, and as such, it was a dream of his to open an Italian restaurant.

Demolition of what remains of the long-closed Paradiso is complete, and construction of Il Lupino is under way.

It will have an open kitchen, and "there are some really neat things happening in there," Wood said. Part of the bar will be indoor while part will be outdoor, to serve the outdoor seating area. The restaurant will also include other features unique in Hawaii, she said.

The menu is still being finalized, but "salumeria" selections of real, Italian-style deli meats are part of the plan.

The restaurant is slated for an October opening.

Fresh Catch nets a new Kaneohe spot

Windward residents will soon be able to enjoy hot meals from Fresh Catch without having to drive over the Koolaus.

Fresh Catch has offered hot meals at its location on Waialae Avenue since it opened in 2008. The restaurant has the rare distinction of earning the maximum possible four stars for food, service and value from the highly persnickety Nadine Kam in the Star-Bulletin’s 2008 "Weekly Eater" restaurant review.

The eatery opened a second store in Kaneohe about a year ago but was limited to serving chilled items, most notably "over 20 varieties of poke and seasoned meats," said Linda Henriques. Now Fresh Catch is relocating to a new spot in Kaneohe where it can add hot items to its menu.

Henriques’ son Reno and Reno’s wife, Mahea, run both Fresh Catch locations.

The Kaneohe store has been at the former Slow Poke spot in the Yogi Building, Henriques said. Slow Poke’s owner approached Reno about taking over his business so he could retire. Reno did, enabling expansion of Fresh Catch to the Windward side.

By as soon as the end of this month, Reno hopes to relocate to 45-1118 Kamehameha Highway, the building that used to house Kentucky Fried Chicken, then Papa John’s Pizza. It was most recently vacated by Blazin’ Steaks, which has a spot in Windward Mall.

The Slow Poke space was "too small, and we needed the parking" the new site affords, Henriques said.

The new bright-blue-painted location has an interior that is "like being in a small fishing shack," she said. "We’re going to have tables in the front," she said.

"He (Reno) is probably going to do breakfast on the weekends," with atypical breakfast plates that could include pastele and egg; beef stew, egg and rice; and ahi fried rice, "not pancakes," she said. Reno would eventually like to add a drive-through.

Henriques — who along with her husband, Robert, own Rolloffs Hawaii Inc. — have two sons in business on Oahu.

In addition to Reno with Fresh Catch, her son Dominic runs RRR Recycling Services Hawaii, which has a site in the parking lot of the Fresh Catch seafood restaurant at 3109 Waialae Ave. and another spot at Windward Mall.

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Advertiser. Reach her by e-mail at


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