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Pacific Business News: Up and Coming at Ward Village


Sources: WildKind Cafe and Juicery, Head and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Okayama Kobo Bakery and Cafe, and La Tour Cafe.


Ward Village has announced several restaurants, cafes, and a spa will be opening in 2023. The lineup includes a mix of new and established local and mainland businesses, which will add to the already diverse offerings in the neighborhood.


Read the full report by Pacific Business News, below:

Ward Village is adding five restaurants, two cafes and a spa later this year. The new restaurants include a Korean steakhouse, a cafe with vegetarian and vegan offerings, and a juicery.

“Ward Village has always been known as the place to find a vibrant mix of restaurants, retailers and experiences,” said Jeff Chen, senior general manager of Ward Village in a press release. “We look forward to introducing brands that are new to Hawaii and original concepts from local businesses to our community.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the new arrivals:

  • Straits is a Singapore-inspired restaurant and bar presenting flavors from Malaysia, Indonesia, China and India. Chef Chris Yeo will prepare seafood, chicken and noodle dishes, along with soups and craft cocktails. This will be the restaurant’s first location in Hawaii. It already exists on the Mainland at Santana Row in San Jose, California.

  • Head and Stone Massage and Facial Spa will be the first location on Oahu. Launched by a physical therapist, the national franchise offers massages, facials and spa services.

  • Twoppul is a Korean steakhouse offering lunch and dinner with a menu that includes stews, noodles and soups, along with steak. At the end of each table, flame grills allow guests to cook their own food. This will be the restaurant’s first location in Hawaii.

  • Nori Bar comes from the same owners as Paradise Poke. Guests will sit at a 16-seat counter and watch a sushi chef prepare orders of sushi and poke. The location also serves sake.

  • Sprouted by La Tour Cafe adds a second location with this site and serves vegetarian and vegan food, including sandwiches, soups, salads and macarons. The original cafe is located at 888 N. Nimitz Hwy., Suite 101.

  • WildKind Cafe and Juicery is a wellness company offering juice, smoothies and plant-based bowls at the cafe and juicery’s first brick-and-mortar location.

  • Petite Peso is a restaurant and lumpia bar with modern Filipino American cuisine as well as wine, craft cocktails, beer and baked goods. Peso, led by Chef Ria Dolly Barbosa, will replace Piggy Smalls, which closed on Sunday.

  • Okayama Kobo Bakery and Cafe serves bread and pastries using flour imported from Hokkaido, Japan.

Ward Village is a 60-acre shopping center planned by The Howard Hughes Corporation between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. When complete, the community will include thousands of homes, as well as about 1 million-square-feet of retail, according to the press release.

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