Mission Social Hall & Cafe, chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi’s lunch restaurant located on the grounds of the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, will be closing its doors Dec. 14.
The departure is due to an occupancy cost increase of 48 percent that was due to begin in 2017, said Amanda Corby Noguchi, wife of the chef and cofounder of the Noguchis’ Pili Group, which runs the cafe.
“We are barely making it in the black without the increase,” she said.
Executive director Tom Woods said the museum is sorry to see them go.
“They provide a wonderful, welcoming group and wonderful food for both our visitors and our neighbors. They’ve been valuable to the site,” he said.
Woods said the museum will begin their search “very soon” for a replacement food vendor.
Mission opened in March 2015 and serves about 200 customers daily. Its menu includes a couple of hot-entree and sandwich selections daily, plus a rotation of at least four seasonal antipasti. The menu centers on locally grown and raised products, a hallmark of Pili’s cuisine.
There are no immediate plans to relocate the cafe.