Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Aloha to the old,
saluti to the new

Friday the lunch crowd from Restaurant Row and points beyond bid "arrivederci" to Danny's Plate Lunch, a popular stop offering a variety of local comestibles for $5 to $6.

Monday a new eatery opened in the larger space with which Danny's had shared a kitchen -- Lucarelli's Italian Bistro.

Replacing Jameson's Seafood Grill, the concept, interior and menu have been overhauled.

Lucarelli's lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with appetizers ranging from toasted ravioli or bruscetta for $3.95 to Calamari Lucarelli or baked goat cheese at $5.95. The menu offers six salads, five sandwiches, eight pasta dishes (not including five different "spaghetti favorites") and eight varieties of pizza -- from $4.25 to $10.95.

Dinner fare, similar but not identical, is priced slightly higher with steak parmesan capping the upper end at $19.95.

Lucarelli is the surname of one of the principals of Two Davids LLC, which owns and operates Hop Tomato, Italian Bistro & Brewery in Lahaina. The other is David Miles.

A smiling David Lucarelli was asked for a take-out menu after his second lunch crowd had dissipated on Tuesday. "They're all gone," he said and broke into a grin.

He's having more printed.

Speaking of overhauled

Preparations for the Building Industry Association's 2002 Home Building & Remodeling Show are underway in Sonya Kimura's office.

As the new BIA events director this is her first year staging the 8-year-old trade show at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. "We're 65 percent sold," she said, in terms of exhibitor space.

As an enticement, the Hawaii BIA is offering discounted rates for booth space through Nov. 15, with more favorable prices for BIA members. The show will include a "Mini-City Hall," with "the building permit people."

"Every year we have chef demos using cool kitchen equipment and power-tool contests," she said. "But this year if everything works out well, we'll have a lot of opportunities for exhibitors to show their stuff in a venue other than just their booths."

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle,
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210,
Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached

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