New bars, Merriman restaurant to join Kamehameha Schools’ Salt retail complex in Honolulu

This rendering shows the interior of the warehouse shops planned for the Kamehameha

This rendering shows the interior of the warehouse shops planned for the Kamehameha

Two bars serving beer and other spirits will join Hank’s Haute Dogs and a new restaurant concept by Hawaii chef Peter Merriman at Kamehameha Schools’ 85,000-square-foot Salt at Our Kakaako retail and restaurant complex in Honolulu, the state’s largest private landowner told PBN Wednesday.

Pitch Sports Bar will open at a 3,000-square-foot second floor space at the Honolulu shopping complex, which is expected to be completed by the end of summer with most tenants opening by the second quarter of 2016.

Derrick Stevens, head bartender of Pitch Sports Bar, who also heads up Free Spirits Hawaii Mobile Bartending Service, told PBN that other well-known bartenders from such restaurants and establishments in Honolulu, including Ryan’s Grill and The Modern Honolulu hotel, are part of Free Spirits.

“This is our first bricks-and-mortar location,” he said, noting that he and the other bartenders are working on behalf of a local ownership group. “This is the flagship and whatever comes up afterwards, we may pursue.”

The other beer-related new tenant is Social Beer, which is headed up by one of the partners of the Honolulu bar Pint + Jigger and an experienced home brewer who started the Beer in Hawaii blog.

Daryn Ogino of Pint + Jigger and Timothy Golden of Beer in Hawaii, have registered Ale Stake LLC and the trade name Social Beer as a beer shop and tasting room, selling various alcoholic beverages, including but not limited to craft beers on tap and bottled for on and off premises consumption and a variety of hot and cold foods.

Other signed tenants at Salt include Hank’s Haute Dogs, Orangetheory Fitness, Atmasphere Yoga and Moku, a new restaurant concept by Merriman and restaurateur Bill Terry.

They join existing tenants such as Starbucks, Cocina, Highway Inn, Lanikai Juice, Bevy, Insomnia, Paiko + Brue Bar, Illest and Sprint.

Eric Ogata, senior asset manager in the commercial real estate division of Kamehameha Schools, said at a recent retail industry event that the complex is about 50 percent leased with another 15 percent soon to be leased.

Salt at Our Kakaako was named after the paakai (Hawaiian for “salt”) ponds that once dotted the low-lying wetlands of the area, according to its website.

Duane Shimogawa
Pacific Business News

Kamehameha Schools to begin construction on Salt retail project in Honolulu this month

This rendering shows the interior of the warehouse shops planned for the Kamehameha Schools Salt project in Honolulu's Kakaako neighborhood.

This rendering shows the interior of the warehouse shops planned for the Kamehameha Schools Salt project in Honolulu’s Kakaako neighborhood.

Kamehameha Schools to begin construction on Salt retail project in Honolulu this month
Duane Shimogawa Reporter – Pacific Business News

Kamehameha Schools will begin construction later this month on its 76,000-square-foot retail and restaurant project in Honolulu called Salt at Our Kakaako, Hawaii’s largest private landowner said Monday.

Salt, which is located on the block bounded by Ala Moana Boulevard and Coral, Keawe and Auahi streets, involves the adaptive reuse of four structures, as well as the new construction of a 267-stall parking structure along Keawe Street and a 4,500-square-foot building on Coral Street. It’s expected to be completed in 2015.

Existing surface parking will be converted to an open plaza with a splash-and-play water feature, as well as recreation and seating areas.

“The challenge to reuse these older warehouses and their materials creates an opportunity to build a beautifully gritty shopping and dining experience that can only exist in urban Honolulu,” Kamehameha Schools Senior Asset Manager Christian O’Connor said in a statement. “This project is uniquely Hawaii. It isn’t a cookie-cutter mall that could be imported or transplanted from somewhere else.”

Honolulu-based Hawaiian Dredging & Construction Co. is the project’s general contractor, while Honolulu’s Ink Architects is the project’s lead architecture firm.

Tenants, such as Cocina, Limb, Quince and Pad HI, will be moving from their current locations to vacant spaces along Auahi Street to make way for construction. Auahi Street tenants, including Bevy, Paiko, Insomnia Cafe and ZenBanx, will remain open in their current locations.

Other businesses on the Salt block, including Hank’s Haute Dogs on Coral Street, the Our Kakaako Information Center on Keawe Street, as well as Sprint, Starbucks, Lanikai Juice, Illest, The Collection sales office and Highway Inn will also remain open during construction.

Kamehameha Schools has already renovated the Ala Moana Boulevard-fronting portion of the block with the 2012 redevelopment of Six Eighty Ala Moana, a 54-unit income-restricted, rental apartment building with ground floor commercial space.

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