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GREAT RESTAURANTS Combining Cuisine with Conversation at W Bistro BY PRISCILLA PÉREZ BILLIG PHOTOS BY PRISCILLA PÉREZ BILLIG W bBistro at 1010 serves up a generous helping of talk story. That's what Judy and Richard Weinstein say they strived for when they created a corner bistro that boasts food, art and conversation. At 1010 S. King St., W Bistro does not cater to the self-absorbed coffee drinker with laptop. There are no sports fans looking for big-screen TVs. Instead, its simple yet art-appointed ambiance sets the stage for palate-wise foodies. It hopes to lure culture and entertainment lovers attracted to the nearby Blaisdell Center and Honolulu Museum of Art. W Bistro at 1010 1010 S. King St. (808) 589-2295 www.wbistroat1010.com Lunch: Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Tues.-Thurs., Sun. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Free dinner parking in back (via Young St.), stalls 45-59 14 Hawaii Hospitality May/June 2014 ■ With a view of Thomas Square across the street, W Bistro becomes an open-air dining room with an outdoor seating lanai. Inside, Makaha Art Gallery owner Al Frenzel displays some of his vintage Hawaiiana-the art of Eugene Savage, John Kelly and Frank McIntosh. Nothing adorns the tables but place settings. Simple. "We thought this would be an opportunity to use our creativity and come up with a concept that was good for this location, right in the center of the Honolulu cultural district," Richard Weinstein says. "We wanted to promote an environment where people want to come to dine with their friends and to have conversation." The Weinsteins collaborated on the "American with a local flair" menu with Chef Eric Omick, who honed his chops under top Hawaii chefs Roy Yamaguchi, Chai Chaowasaree and Russell Siu. Together with Sous Chef Edmund Kwok, Chef Eric serves up lunch, dinner and a late-night menu based on the "farm to table" concept of using local produce and protein. Owners Judy and Richard Weinstein A BYOB restaurant, W Bistro partners with The Wine Stop, a beverage boutique that pairs wine with the bistro's varied menu offerings. Make a reservation online through OpenTable. http://www.wbistroat1010.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hawaii Hospitality - May/June 2014

News Briefs
Are You Inspection Ready?
Lanai: Small Island, Big Aloha
Great Restaurants: W Bistro
Talk Story with George Szigeti
Small-scale Sustainability
Out of Sight, Not out of Mind
Food & Beverage SuperStars
Taking the Lead: Sales & Marketing
Jaclyn Loo of Google Inc.
Clean Talk
Association News

Hawaii Hospitality - May/June 2014