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It's back! Kam Bowl ready to launch

January 22nd, 2016
PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comKam Bowl's famous oxtail soup.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Kam Bowl's famous oxtail soup.

Kam Bowl restaurant quietly opened its doors with a blessing and trial run of its meal service today, ahead of its official opening day Jan. 27, when will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch through Feb. 2.

Beginning Feb. 3, the restaurant hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The restaurant moved into the space once filled by Kenny's Coffee House, in the Kamehameha Shopping Center, across the street from the original Kam Bowl bowling alley that closed in 2007.

It was sad to see an island institution like Kenny's close. Living in the neighborhood, I often had breakfast there. When these restaurants close, they're often replaced by much more contemporary cafés that often leave us with more lost than gained.

So it's great to see something of a merging of the two kama'aina brands, a sort of "best of" arrangement that will see the return of Kenny's Chinese chicken salad, and Kam Bowl's oxtail soup.

I'll be back when the restaurant hits full speed in about three weeks, when a grand opening celebration is planned. Call the restaurant at 841-0931 for more information.

Credible kalbi outside of a Korean restaurant.

Credible kalbi outside of a Korean restaurant.

Lup cheong fried rice comes in $7.50 or $9.50 portions with choice of one or two, respectively, eggs prepared your way. Here, scrambled.

Lup cheong fried rice comes in $7.50 or $9.50 portions with choice of one or two, respectively, eggs prepared your way. Here, scrambled.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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