We are so excited to read that one of our favorite Chinatown eateries, the Pig and the Lady, is opening its second restaurant in the former Kua Aina space at Ward Center! Duane Shimogawa of Pacific Business News reported the news this past weekend:
Hawaii chef Andrew Le is opening a second Honolulu location of his modern Vietnamese restaurant, The Pig & The Lady, at The Howard Hughes Corp.’s Ward Village in Kakaako, PBN has learned.
Le and his family, including his brother, Alex, announced that a second The Pig & the Lady would open in the former Kua Aina Sandwich Shop space at Ward Centre during a RiseHI event Friday evening in Chinatown. Le and his brother catered the event’s food and were among the event’s speakers.
Andrew Le, owner and chef of The Pig & the Lady in Honolulu's Chinatown, plans to open a second location at The Howard Hughes Corp.'s Ward Village in Kakaako.
The Pig & The Lady, which began selling food at Oahu farmer’s markets and as a pop-up restaurant, opened its first brick-and-mortar location at the Pacific Gateway Center in 2013, taking over the Lemongrass Cafe at 83 N. King St.
The Pig & The Lady, considered one of the top new restaurants in Honolulu, is looking to open a lab-like kitchen built to teach cooking classes and host other chefs’ pop-ups on the second floor of its Chinatown location.
Andrew Le was one of the Hawaii chefs nominated earlier this year for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards.
Todd Apo, vice president of community development for The Howard Hughes Corp., told PBN last week that the developer had signed a food-inspired tenant to fill the Kua Aina space, but declined to specify which restaurant.
PBN reached out to The Pig & The Lady and Apo for comment on Saturday.
Friday night’s RiseHi event — “They Don’t Ship to Hawaii” — also included remarks from Hawaii waterman Brian Keaulana, surf photographer Zak Noyle (who is a member of PBN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016), artist Aaron Kai, Eden in Love’s Tanna Dang, Fitted’s Keola Rapozo and Makahiki Challenge’s Kapu Gaison.
Kua Aina closed its Kakaako location last fall after being open at that spot for about two decades. Kua Aina is co-owned by Bryan Botelho and Terry Thompson, and has locations in Kapolei, Haleiwa, Tokyo and London.