A burger and beer joint quietly opened in the former Che Pasta space in downtown’s Bishop Square last week. Square Barrels plans an April 11 grand opening with a small, approachable menu of burgers, salads, pasta dishes and appetizers.
Why Square Barrels? Owners Hideo and Grace Simon of Pint + Jigger and their business partner and mentor, Tom Mullooly, chose the name for the robust flavors of drink aged in barrels, of which the most efficient shape is square. Ergo, a sense of quality and bang for your buck, says Hideo Simon.
They’re working on getting a solid wine list together; those wines should be available Friday and spirits by next week. Eventually the menu will feature suggested pairings for food and drink — a gastropubby touch, just like Pint + Jigger.
1001 Bishop St. (Hotel Street side of Bishop Square)