Bankers Hill: Fifth Avenue must be a magnet for sushi. The area already has two sushi restaurants: Azuki Sushi Lounge and Mukashi within a few blocks of each other. Now a third, Hane Sushi & Bar on Fifth Avenue at Olive arrives in the same block as Mukashi. For the non-sushi palate, Avenue 5 Restaurant & Bar sits between the two. Buzz hasn’t yet tried Hane or Azuki.
Gaslamp: The Gaslamp’s latest addition is Opera Caffe for Italian with a Tuscan twist from owner Roberto Bernadoni who had restaurants in Florence before he came to be the chef at La Strada for past 16 years. EXY Restaurant & Lounge downtown is closed for remodeling.
Stu Milner, formerly the bar manager extraordinaire at Paradise Point’s Baleen took his shaker and stirrer to The Royal Hawaiian’s upscale restaurant, Azure, on Waikiki. The recently reopened Starwood property also houses the famous Mai Tai Bar that a friend mentioned is the first place she visits every time she arrives in Oahu.
New: Beer lovers rejoice: A pizza and brewery is set to open at 34th and Adams in Normal Heights called Blind Lady Craft Pizza and Beer and is a venture of Lee Chase and three partners. Chase started Stone Brewery and worked there for nine plus years.For pasta and pizzas, Pastalini a casual pasta bar is open on Miramar Road.