Ryan’s Table – An Ambitious New Direction for Kosasas’ ABC Stores

Ryan’s Table – An Ambitious New Direction for Kosasas’ ABC Stores

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Chef Kelly Degala. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto)
Photo of the Bakery and Spitfire Rotisserie and Flatbread are two of the eateries at Dukes Lane Market & Eatery.

The Bakery and Spitfire Rotisserie and Flatbread are two of the eateries at Dukes Lane Market & Eatery.

Ryan Tatsumoto
Hawai‘i Herald Columnist

Ryan Tatsumoto is a clinical pharmacist by day. In his off-hours, however, he and his wife enjoy seeking out perfect marriages of food and wine. Ryan is a certified sommelier and a certified specialist of wine. The Windward O‘ahu resident also writes a column for San Francisco’s Nichi Bei Weekly called “The Gochiso Gourmet.”

Dukes Lane Market & Eatery
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel
2255 Kühiö Ave.
(808) 923-5678

What started in the 1940s as a neighborhood pharmacy and then reinvented itself in 1964 to become the ultimate convenience store with 30 locations in Waikïkï alone(!) — is growing once again. If you thought I was referring to Sidney and Minnie Kosasa’s ABC Store empire, you are absolutely right. You can’t walk more than a block in Waikïkï without spotting that familiar blue and white ABC Store logo.

According to the story, while on a trip to Miami, Sidney observed that tourists were purchasing goods mainly from convenience stores rather than expensive resort shops. He began envisioning a time when tourists would be flocking to Waikïkï. Of course, once Hawai‘i became the 50th star on the American flag, that tourist invasion did, in fact, happen and the Kosasas were ready to sell them anything they needed while vacationing in Waikïkï.

Photo of one of the samplings served at the preview event was salmon on lavosh.

One of the samplings served at the preview event was salmon on lavosh.

Well, time marches on, and since the Kosasas would be hard-pressed to squeeze another ABC Store into Waikïkï, how does the entrepreneurial family avoid stagnation and continue to grow?

That’s right! They move on to the letter “D,” as in Dukes Lane Market & Eatery.

Dukes Lane Market & Eatery

Located at the corner of Kuhio Avenue and Dukes Lane in the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel, Dukes Lane Market & Eatery will be a multifaceted food emporium featuring Basalt, a 150-seat global cuisine restaurant; Market, a retail outlet selling gourmet foods; and The Vault, which will stock fine wines and liquor. Other eateries will include Bakery, Spitfire Rotisserie and Flatbread, Ono’s Burger Bar, Dash Fast and Fresh and Chill.

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