Peter Merriman announces Monkeypod Kitchen to open in Ko Olina in West Oahu 2012
10 Jul 2011 03:08

Peter Merriman announces Monkeypod Kitchen to open in Ko Olina in West Oahu 2012 

Beer and pie sound like a weird combination, but at Monkeypod Kitchen they
work beautifully together to make the newest of Peter Merriman's concept
restaurants successful. With over 36 beers on tap, served over an amazing
handcrafted bar, served with foods created with sustainability in mind the
restaurant is both contemporary and island style. Their homemade pies on the
dessert menu are spectacular and seasonal.

I haven't been to Ko Olina before, but their website at
http://www.koolina.com/ makes it sound amazing and luxurious, it is West
Oahu's newest resort destination nestled right behind Barbers Point and
before Nanakuli.

I am sure Oahu is going to love these beers and pies just as much as Maui.

Details in Press Release below:

*Handcrafted Restaurants LLC Announces the Expansion of *

*Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman** *

*Plans unveiled to open a new Monkeypod Kitchen on O’ahu in 2012*

* *

*July 8, 2011 – Maui, Hawai‘i* – *Handcrafted Restaurants LLC,* the parent
company for *Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman*, announces plans to open a
second *Monkeypod Kitchen* location on O‘ahu in the Summer of 2012. Opening
in the world class Ko’Olina Resort, the new location will provide an
exciting new addition and unique new dining experience to visitors and
guests of the resort.

Embracing Chef Peter Merriman’s passion for regional and sustainable
cuisine, the new *Monkeypod Kitchen* will offer a family-friendly
alternative to resort eateries. “We are so excited to finally open a
restaurant on O‘ahu and think the Ko‘Olina community will be the perfect fit
for *Monkeypod Kitchen*,” says Peter Merriman.

The flagship *Monkeypod Kitchen* opened its doors in Maui’s Wailea Resort in
February 2011 and has since received a tremendous response from visitors and
residents alike. Focusing on a locally sourced menu using only socially
conscious ingredients, *Monkeypod Kitchen *offers guests a new dining
concept, celebrating the “Art of Craft” in everything from cuisine, beer,
décor and living.

The new 10,000 square foot O‘ahu location will feature an exhibition
kitchen, signature *Monkeypod Kitchen* bar with 36 craft beers on tap, an
expansive water feature and a large stage for live music. The two-story
building will provide a unique multi-level dining and bar experience,
differentiating itself from the single level flagship restaurant in Wailea.

Designs for the restaurant are currently underway with architectural firm
Shook Kelly, which is also the architect and designer for the original
*Monkeypod
Kitchen* in Wailea Resort. For more information about *Monkeypod
Kitchen*please visit
www.monkeypodkitchen.com or *
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monkeypod-Kitchen-by-Merriman*

***About Handcrafted Restaurants LLC:* A partnership between Hawai‘i
Regional Cuisine founding Chef Peter Merriman and Restaurateur Bill
Terry, *Handcrafted
Restaurants LLC* is a multi-concept restaurant company that is dedicated to
operating world class, full service restaurants in premiere cities and world
class resorts. *Handcrafted Restaurants LLC* celebrates the craft of food,
drink and merrymaking and strives to integrate itself into their local
communities by supporting local farmers and fishermen, creating new jobs,
and keeping its impact on the environment as minimal as possible. By
focusing on locally sourced ingredients, sustainable business practices, and
socially conscious values, *Handcrafted Restaurants LLC* seeks to develop
connections between residents, guests, the land, and one another.

****


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