Fresh Cafe Downtown Friends & Family Launch

Fresh Cafe Downtown has been open for a couple months now, but the kinks are still being worked out, and since its opening, there has been a lot of uncertainty as far as regular hours, food and drink offerings. We got an invite to the pre-launch party for friends, family and media to check out the food and drinks, and found them creative, original and surprisingly diverse. Take a look, and then try them for yourself at Fresh Cafe Downtown’s Grand Opening, next week Thursday, July 24.

 

Fresh Cafe Downtown's Soft Opening

Thursday's "friends, family and media" soft opening at Fresh Cafe Downtown showcased everything that's been worked on as far as new food and drinks. Although there was a mixup and things kicked off a half an hour late, all was forgiven as soon as we came to the cocktail samples.

According to bartender Hale, who also tends bar at Disney Aulani, all the bartenders had a hand in designing the drink menu, bringing their diverse experience in the liquor industry to the table to create a menu that is both unique and very, very tasty. Look for a lot of house-made syrups, infused liquors and unusual combinations. A favorite? The Pear & Peach (pink colored one in front). It's smooth, perfectly balanced, fruity without being too sweet, and refreshing on a hot day.

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Fresh Cafe Downtown
1111 Nuuanu Ave.
(808) 953-7374
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
4-10 p.m.
Open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for special events


 

Party pics: Carnevil Masquerade Ball

AMP Industries, a new promotion company, threw a masquerade-themed party at The Fix Saturday night, with house music DJs, aerialists, a magician, clowns and masked attendees mingling. Although there were masks at the door for any who forgot theirs, most people rose to the occasion with an impressive variety of beautiful masks.

 

Carnevil Masquerade Ball

Carnevil Masquerade Ball

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Party pics: Russell Tanoue’s Birthday @ Buho

Promotions veteran, philanthropist and well-known local glam photographer Russell Tanoue hosted a more intimate birthday party at the new Buho de Cocina y Cantina in Waikiki Wednesday evening. Friends from all corners of the island dressed up and came to relax with Russell in the classy setting. It was a more relaxed affair than in years past, with no scheduled entertainment and no theme; just free tacos and nachos, drinks and good company atop the gorgeous Waikiki Plaza rooftop venue.

Russell Tanoue's Birthday @ Buho

Russell Tanoue's Birthday @ Buho

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Party pics: JGeeks

New Zealand dance/comedy trio JGeeks, sometimes described as the new “metro-Maori electro craze,” headlined two shows at Republik on Saturday evening; an all-ages show and one for 18+. They were joined for the late show by reggae band Inoa’ole, back from an eight-year hiatus, plus New Zealand singer Pieter T and DJ Hapa Boy. For their final set just before closing time, JGeeks, dressed in Maori loincloths and body paint, pulled out all the stops with a crazy show that had the mostly female crowd screaming. Their act included traditional Maori haka, salsa, robotic dance, breakdancing and other crazy stunts. Take a look!

JGeeks

JGeeks

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Here’s a short video clip of part of JGeeks’ performance; please forgive the sound quality.

Something new: Tapas at Bevy

Kaka‘ako may be in the throes of development, but that’s not stopping the businesses on Auahi Street. Several of the restaurants and shops, including Bevy, have started opening on Mondays. And as for Bevy, they’ve just launched a new tapas menu, developed by Swedish chef Petra Lindeson, who took the helm from Jamal Lahiani.

We got an early taste of these Spanish and Mediterranean-influenced appetizers. Here’s a look:

Bevy's new tapas menu

"For those who aren't familiar, tapas are Spanish appetizers," says new chef Petra Lindeson. Inspired by Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, these little dishes have been catching on in town recently, with places like Eleven44 joining Salt and Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas to offer something different to Honolulu. Chef Petra's unique culinary experiences add a different twist to these dishes; you'll immediately notice the difference from Chef Jamal's style.

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Bevy
661 Auahi St.
808-594-7445
Hours: 4-midnight Sunday-Thursday; 4-2 a.m. Friday & Saturday
Tapa Tuesday: Happy hour from 7-10 p.m. with $3 selected tapas
Weekend late-night tapas until midnight