Local celebrity chef, Alan Wong, recently announced that he would be closing his famed lunch spot, The Pineapple Room. Opened in 1999 inside of the then Liberty House (now Macy’s), the popular eatery was a casual taste of Wong’s fine dining sensibility. As for a reason for the closing, Wong went on to say that “The dining landscape has changed, and we’ve amicably decided with Macy’s to move on from this concept.” With this closure, Wong’s fans now have just two options: the original namesake Honolulu location and the newish Shanghai, China location.
Hawaii Regional Cuisine is a relatively new concept that was coined in 1991 by twelve fledgling island chefs, including notables such as Sam Choy, Philippe Padovani, Roy Yamaguchi, George Mavrothalassitis, Peter Merriman, and of course, Alan Wong. The idea was to develop a style of cooking that borrowed from the various local culinary influences and ethnic flavors found in Hawaii.