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Palate Craft & Eatery opens in Chinatown this weekend

July 27th, 2016
JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMPalate Craft & Eatery is located in the former Sol de Cuba location across from Hawaii Theatre in Chinatown.


The view of Bethel St. from inside Palate Craft & Eatery, located across from the historic Hawaii Theatre in Chinatown.

There will be a new place in Chinatown for craft beer and cocktails starting this weekend, thanks to the efforts of three veteran Honolulu bar owners.

Troy Terorotua and Lisa Kim, co-owners of Real a Gastropub and Brew’d Craft Pub, have partnered with Pat Kashani to open Palate Craft & Eatery in the former Soul de Cuba space on Bethel St. Kashani, who operated Tropics Cafe Bar and Lounge at the Ward Farmers Market where Real now sits, currently owns Tropics Taphouse at Puck’s Alley and Tropics Ale House on Hawaii island.

Palate will feature 16 taps serving a rotating lineup of craft beer and hard cider. In addition, three types of wine and ready-to-drink Moscow Mule cocktails will be available on tap; opening weekend wines include Angeline Sauvignon Blanc, Coppola Director’s Chardonnay and Diseno Malbec.

Here’s the current beer lineup as of Wednesday; keep up with the latest changes by visiting Palate’s website or Facebook page.

» Alpine Beer Co. Hoppy Birthday Session IPA
» Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
» Ballast Point Sextant (Nitro) Oatmeal Stout
» Ballast Point Victory at Sea Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter
» Big Island Brewhaus Golden Sabbath Blonde Ale
» Brasserie Dupont Deux Amis Saison / Farmhouse Ale
» Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet Belgian Tripel
» Deschutes Brewery Armory XPA Pale Ale
» Charles Wells Brewery Banana Bread Beer
» Elysian Brewing Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale
» Gigantic Brewing Co. Kiss the Goat Doppelbock
» Green Flash Brewing Co. Sea to Sea Kellerbier
» Knee Deep Brewing Co. Stoutella Milk Stout
» Kona Brewing Company Makana Wela Smoked Beer
» Lagunitas Brewing Co. Hop Stoopid IPA
» New Belgium Brewing Co. Fat Tire Red Ale

Beverage director Nicolas Carter, who arrives at Palate by way of award-winning mixologist Christian Self’s Bevy in Kakaako, also shared a taste of housemade pineapple soda made with fresh fruit, star anise and vanilla when this reporter stopped by unannounced on Tuesday. The soda is exclusive to the restaurant; Carter needs to come up with a cocktail that uses the stuff, and soon — it’s that good.

According to Terorotua, Palate’s kitchen will be under the direction of chef Jamal Lahiani and feature a lineup of elevated bar fare at night starting this weekend, with a variety of lunch items expected to be available in the coming weeks. Following a “friends and family” soft opening tonight, Palate will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Wednesdays and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Palate Craft & Eatery is located at 1121 Bethel St. Call (808) 524-2337. Follow the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram.
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at

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