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January 10, 2019

MINORI Craft Japanese Tavern Launches A Soft Opening

Minori Craft Japanese Tavern will be open for (some) business as of Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Located at the former Tsukada Nojo space along Kalakaua Avenue (near the Hawaii Convention Center), the restaurant itself is slated to officially open in February.

If this all feels a bit déjà vu, it’s because Minori rolled out a Pre-Opening holiday menu during the month of December with reservations-only based dinner parties and bento lunches. Starting this month, however, Minori will offer an expanded menu and begin accepting walk-in and reservation-based guests during its dinner hours.
“I’m very excited about opening a new restaurant in Hawaii just after the new year,” says Keiji Shimamoto, director of AP Company, operator of Minori. “We strive to stick with utilizing Hawaii’s fresh ingredients.”

General Manager Maki Sekiguchi is a recent transplant to the island; originally from Japan, she comes to Honolulu by way of San Francisco, where she ran the Tsukada Nojo ramen restaurant. Sekiguchi strives to run a front restaurant with cheerful local staff, reasonably priced yet high quality, delicious dishes, and most importantly, loved by the local community. “I will do my best with our team as I cultivate my knowledge of Japanese attentiveness and American passion,” says Sekiguchi. “We look forward to your continued support and encouragement.”

The soft opening dinner menu includes standard Japanese izakaya-style fare such as chawanmushi (savory egg custard), sashimi, tempura, as well as a variety of charcoal-grilled options. There are also a range of creatively named menu items such as the “Meli Melo Chicken” (flambé-style chicken), “Japonica Roll” (sushi), and “Kale Namuru” (Korean-style marinated kale). For Tsukada Nojo fans, there’s also good news: Minori will continue to offer the “Beautifying Hot Pot” that won a Hale Aina award for Best Hot Pot, along with their popular White Bear and Matcha (green tea) Flan desserts.
The soft opening hours of operation will be limited to dinner from 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant will be closed on Monday. Happy Hour times are 5:00 – 6:00 PM, and 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM. Walk-ins without reservations are welcome.

There is free parking on the premises of the restaurant as well as free validated parking at Century Center for up to two hours. 

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