Occupying a grand 6,900 square feet of the ground floor of Hawai‘i’s iconic International Market Place, James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina took the food hall to the next level in officially opening his latest concept and gourmet gathering spot, The Street, A Michael Mina Social House in the heart of Waikīkī’s vibrant district on June 2.
Set amongst Honolulu’s melting pot, The Street is a bustling collection of culinary experiences carefully curated by chef Mina to highlight the perspectives and expertise of many talented powerhouse chefs hailing from MINA Group and beyond. The Street offers a lively gathering place featuring cuisine for all tastes while celebrating gourmet takes on global street fare served for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night festivities.
“The Street is designed as a culinary journey for friends and families to gather for casual meals or festive celebrations,” said Michael Mina. “It’s the perfect setting for anything from a grab-and-go breakfast to a casual lunch to late night bites and drinks.”
Reflecting a global perspective while also elevating Hawai‘i’s local purveyors and fare, the participating chefs and their restaurant concepts are:
- Michael Mina of Little Lafa, a Mediterranean kitchen celebrating the cuisine from Mina’s upbringing.
- Adam Sobel of Adam’s Nana Lu, an eatery serving up soulful and authentic Italian food from Sobel’s childhood, including recipes made with love from his grandmother, Nana Lu, in her Italian kitchen.
- Ayesha Curry of International Smoke, serving lighter takes on barbecue dishes inspired by exotic places and “down home” smoke pits.
- Craig Min of LAMILL Coffee, an artisanal coffee and tea bar with savory and sweet treats.
- David Varley of Maui Onion Burger, a chef-driven, made-with-aloha cool and casual burger joint.
- Gerald Chin of Kai Poke, a creative and contemporary interpretation of locally-sourced seafood combined with bold flavors. The concept also includes The Bar at Kai Poke, serving classic
- Ken Tominaga of The Ramen Bar, a noodle stand reflective of Tokyo’s popular cuisine with a modern twist.
- Michelle Karr-Ueoka of Aloha Ice, where the O‘ahu-born and raised chef presents an elevated dessert bar with fresh spins on shave ice and other sweet treats.
Additional restaurant concepts found in the eatery include: Beer, a beer and wine bar featuring an assortment of locally brewed beers from Hawai‘i highlighting a Coconut Porter in collaboration with Honolulu Beerworks; Indie Girl, a wellness bar with açaí bowls, smoothies, island fresh juices and kombucha on tap curated in part by local health guru Sam Custin of Hale‘iwa Bowls; The Myna Bird, a tiki bar paying homage to Don the Beachcomber and his squawking bird; Mindful Greens, a concept rooted in thoughtful, healthy eating; and The Street Chocolate Bar, a boutique chocolate shop showcasing Hawai‘i-made chocolates in collaboration with locally-based gourmet chocolatiers, Philippe and Pierre Padovani of Padovani’s chocolates.
“Whatever you’re craving, it’s on our menu. And open seating means there’s plenty of space for sparkling conversations paired with savory music, and of course, some pretty superb food,” said Mina.
Unique to Mina’s eatery is The Street Party Pass, a moveable feast that allows patrons to create their own culinary adventure. The Street Party Pass provides a convenient, value-driven way for diners to enjoy a variety of dishes for $37, exclusively available to Party Pass holders. Each holder’s pass comes with seven items diners can choose from any of the hawker stalls, available for redemption within a 30 day period.
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, The Street is open from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. while each restaurant concept has special hours of operation unique to their menu offerings. Select vendors will have extended hours for late night activities including nightly DJ sets and live musicians. Happy hour specials are offered twice daily at Beer, The Myna Bird and The Bar at Kai Poke from 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close. Special discounts are offered for Hawai‘i residents (10%), military (50%) and uniformed personnel (50%) with proof of valid identification.
The Street is located at 2330 Kalākaua Ave., on the ground floor of the International Market Place. Valet, self-parking and parking validation is available. The Street joins MINA Group’s contemporary American steakhouse, StripSteak Waikiki, located on the Market Place’s Third Floor Grand Lānai. The Street Honolulu is the first of its kind, while a second one will open in Los Angeles’ Beverly Center in 2018. For more information, follow the party on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @TheStreetHI and at www.TheStreetSocialHouse.com.