Keiko Napier’s life-long dream was to open a restaurant in memory of her father, Master Japanese Chef, Shigeo Mase.
Japanese Grandma’s Cafe is the realization of that dream.
The eatery is opening in Hanapepe on Saturday.
It will feature authentic Japanese cuisine prepared by Master Sushi Chef, Shinji Ueki. Some of Chef Shinji’s featured sushi creations will be traditional nigiri (rice with a selection of fish and seafood topping), eel fotomaki (a complete meal that consists of rice, salad, eel and chef’s savory sauce) and, the newly created Hanapepe Roll. Grandma’s Cafe’s will use locally sourced organic produce, fresh fish and seafood caught by local fishermen and, organic eggs.
Additional menu items will be made-to-order and include locally raised grass-fed beef prepared in Shinji’s time-honored recipe; traditional Japanese-style tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) and; traditional-style lightly battered tempura.
Japanese Grandma’s Cafe, 3871 Hanapepe Road, shares the former USO building also with the retail store Blu-Umi.
The cafe and store are open seven days a week with lunch from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m and dinner, 5 to 9 p.m.