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by Nanea Kalani, Business editor

Romano’s Macaroni Grill opened for business last November. Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks opened its doors in February. And Tsukiji Fish Market and Restaurant and Kyoto Ohsho are schedule to open this summer.

Macaroni Grill is a Dallas-based chain offering affordable Tuscan-influenced cuisine, an exhibition-style kitchen, an extensive wine list, and operatic waiters.

Islands Fine Burgers and Drinks is a California-based chain featuring a tropical themed menu and a full bar.

Opening in May, Kyoto Ohsho will serve a wide variety of authentic Japanese cuisine and will include a sake bar, according to Ala Moana’s Web site.

Scheduled to open in June, Tsukiji Fish Market and Restaurant “will be a fusion of the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market of Tokyo and a seafood buffet restaurant,” according to the mall’s Web site. “The restaurant will also feature a sushi bar, a yakitori bar, and open-air seating.”

Alana Pico, a junior at HPU, thinks the new restaurants at Ala Moana are a convenience for diners. “With seven restaurants in such close proximity, if there’s a long waiting time to get in to one, you have six other options without having to walk or drive far.”

But, Pico also sees a drawback to restaurants located in the mall. “When the mall’s busy, like on holidays and big sale days, finding parking for these exclusive restaurants could be challenging.”
For business hours and contact information, visit the shopping center’s Web site at alamoana.com.


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