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September 20, 2019

Redfish Poke Bar by Foodland Begins Build-Out at Salt at Our Kakaako

What is Redfish?
a. Ono
b. Akule
c. Monchong
d. A brand-new dining and bar concept that celebrates one of Hawaii’s most popular comfort foods: freshly made poke.

Answered “d”? You’re absolutely correct and know about the great, soon-to-open eatery designed to satisfy the many ways Hawaii residents enjoy eating their poke.

Redfish Poke Bar by Foodland, opening this fall at SALT at Our Kakaako, will be a good-fun, casual dining spot for kicking back in shorts and slippers, downtown business attire or, if you feel like it, even your evening best. It’ll be a terrific place for enjoying local brews, craft cocktails and modern local-inspired dishes plated for sharing. And it’ll also be the go-to spot in the heart of Honolulu to purchase multiple varieties of tasty poke by the pound or order up a poke bowl with everything you could possibly want on a Hawaii-style poke bowl. In other words, Redfish is all about the food we love to eat in Hawaii and how we love to eat it.
Especially poke.

Build-out of Redfish Poke Bar’s 1,800-square-foot space, situated between 9Bar HNL and Kahala in SALT at Our Kakaako, is underway. When it opens to the public this fall, Redfish will offer customers several ways to enjoy its extensive freshly made poke selections, local-inspired food and drink, and modern, retro-cool interior. The first will be a 36-seat restaurant and lounge with table service, a full-service bar and bar seating ready to dish up any poke variety on the menu, alongside craft beers, sakes and house signature cocktails, and a menu of poke-friendly Redfish-exclusive takes on local food favorites. Think you could dive big time into a plate of Kalua Pig Fried Rice inspired by the flavors and ingredients in traditional Hawaii-style limu poke? It’ll be on the menu. A grab-and-go poke counter, another way to enjoy Redfish’s menu, will greet customers as they enter, offering selections of our local-favorite and new original poke creations – prepared in-house and replenished all day – inspired by popular Foodland recipes, for purchase by the pound or in a poke bowl.

One more thing. All of the ahi served at Redfish will be fresh, never frozen.

“With Redfish, we’re taking one of Hawaii’s most beloved and iconic comfort foods to the next level with a full menu of new and traditional poke varieties and recipes,” said Sullivan Family of Companies’ Chief Food Officer, Chef Keoni Chang. “Our driving thought while conceptualizing Redfish was, ‘What’s the next big thing for poke? And how do we create an even bigger experience around poke and the food we enjoy eating the most in Hawaii?’ When an opportunity came up for us to do something innovative at SALT, Redfish was it.”

The kitchen at Redfish will be led by Chef de Cuisine Reid Matsumura, who is also crafting the eatery’s exclusive menu of small and medium bites as ideal palate companions to orders of poke, beer, cocktails and an afternoon or evening hanging out with friends. Born and raised on Oahu, Matsumura most recently served for five years on the kitchen team of Home Bar and Grill.

Redfish’s poke counter and dining room will also feature a fast-serve lunchtime menu with daily-special plate lunches designed to have you in and out and back to your workplace if time is of the essence.

Stay tuned for more details about Redfish Poke Bar by Foodland in the near future.

Interested in working at Redfish? Available openings include cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, bartenders, servers and cashiers in full- and part-time positions. If you wish to apply, send resumes to hiring@redfishpoke.com. For more information, visit redfishpoke.com or follow us on Instagram @redfishpoke.

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