Onolicious Hawaii Opens New Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Downtown Cincinnati

The menu includes classic Hawaiian favorites, but also offerings like coconut French toast and matcha mochi chicken & waffles.

May 23, 2023 at 10:14 am
click to enlarge Onolicious Hawaii - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Onolicious Hawaii

Onolicious Hawaii is officially graduating to a new brick-and-mortar restaurant Tuesday. The Hawaiian barbecue joint recently moved out of its 120-square-foot food stall in Oakley Kitchen and into a space in Court Street Plaza downtown.

Owner Vincente Benedett says he’s excited to join the burgeoning food and entertainment district of Court Street Plaza.

“Our previous space in Oakley Kitchen was so small,” Benedett, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Elena, said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to maintain our own space now – a space that is much larger. When guests walk in, they’re going to feel like they’re in Hawaii. It’s exciting for us to be able to give them that experience.”

Onolicious’ menu will feature tropical fare made with locally sourced ingredients. The larger space also means Benedett can expand the menu.

“Hawaiian cuisine is often called the soul food of the Pacific,” said Benedett. “That’s what you’ll get here. Patrons can expect a variety of classic Hawaiian dishes, as well as other island-style offerings like coconut French toast and matcha mochi chicken & waffles – a weekend brunch staple.”

The new Court Street Plaza location was designed by City Studio and will have a tropical vibe and Hawaiian decor. There’s also a boat-rope patio for outdoor dining.

Benedett also says he wants Onolicious to focus on sustainability, with “Mālama honua” — a Hawaiian phrase that means ‘to care for, protect and preserve the Earth’ — being one of its pillars.

Onolicious will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the first week. Starting May 30, the restaurant plans to extend its hours until 9 p.m.

Onolicious Hawaii, 1005 Walnut Street, Downtown. More info: onoliciousgrinds.com.

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