Vintage Cave Club

Vintage Cave Club (formerly known as Vintage Cave Honolulu) is a private club with a restaurant featuring a "French-Japonais" menu in the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The restaurant contains a collection of artwork that includes a lithograph series by Pablo Picasso.[1] The restaurant is currently open to the public, but offers a private membership program that entitles access to vintage wines & access to its various facilities.

Vintage Cave Club
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Restaurant information
SloganHideaway Guest House For Oenophiles & Connoisseurs
Established2012
Owner(s)Takeshi Sekiguchi
Food typeFrench Japonais
Dress codeFormal
Street addressAla Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd #2250
CityHonolulu
StateHawaii
Postal/ZIP Code96814
CountryUnited States
Seating capacity50
Other locationsVintage Cave Café
Websitehttp://www.vintagecave.com

The Vintage Cave Club was listed on Zagat in 2014 as one of the twelve hottest restaurants in Hawaii,[2] and listed by Zagat again in 2016 as one of the ten hottest restaurants in Hawaii.[3] President Barack Obama and his family have been seen dining at the restaurant, as have other celebrities and public figures.[4]

HistoryEdit

According to Honolulu Magazine, the restaurant contains "150,000 imported, custom bricks that line the restaurant like a tomb, a wine-tasting dispenser that displaces air with argon gas to protect open bottles of wine, and an art collection that includes an 18-piece series of original Picassos. The art is culled from Sekiguchi’s private collection..." The Vintage Cave Club also has a members-only bar. The restaurant seats up to 50 people and is located in the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.[5]

In 2014, owner Takeshi Sekiguchi began considering global expansion, scouting locations in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, New York City, London, Frankfurt and Dubai.[6] In the February/March 2018 edition of Hawaii Luxury Magazine it was announced that these expansions were already underway and are expected to be completed before 2020. [7]

In 2017, Sekiguchi appointed Chef Hide Yamamoto as Head Director of Vintage Cave Club and Café. Chef Yamamoto was the first Executive Chef to serve at the Presidential inauguration ceremony of three U.S. Presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. He also served for various official banquets and parties organized by the first lady, gaining popularity in the political world in America. He earned the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo the world's first "Six Stars" by the American Academy of Hospitality Science. In 2010, he has also been awarded the "Global Chef Award" from the World Gourmet Summit - an annual epicurean festival that showcases intricate craftsmanship of prestigious chefs.[8]

Vintage Cave Café and Shirokiya Japan Village WalkEdit

On June 25, 2016, Shirokiya opened the new Shirokiya Japan Village Walk, offering customers a unique experience showcasing a traditional Japanese town reminiscent of old Kyoto. Highlighting traditional Japanese culture, the new Shirokiya Japan Village Walk consists of four main themes: Yataimura (quality food court & beer garden featuring $1 beers), Zeppin Plaza (shopping alleys), Omatsuri Hiroba (festival and event square) and Guardian Spirits Sanctuary (good luck deities). The former Shirokiya space above the Vintage Cave Club was converted into another Ala Moana Center food court called "The Lanai."[9]

Following the opening of the new Shirokiya Japan Village Walk, a more casual, sister restaurant of the Vintage Cave Club opened nearby called Vintage Cave Café.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Romance Your Valentine - Our Top 5 Romantic Restaurants on Oahu". Hawaii Aloha Travel. February 9, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Zagat Staff (September 16, 2014). "The 12 Hottest Restaurants in Hawaii". zagat.com. Zagat. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Miller, Virginia (January 25, 2016). "The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Hawaii". zagat.com. Zagat. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  4. ^ HNN Staff (December 19, 2016). "President Obama golfs, dines at high-end Vintage Cave restaurant". Hawaii News Now. Lanikai, Oahu: Raycom Media. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Cheng, Martha (February 5, 2013). "Vintage Cave: The Chef and the Blank-Check Restaurant". Honolulu Magazine. PacificBasin Communications. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Cresenzo, Bill (August 1, 2014). "Vintage Cave Honolulu owner Takeshi Sekiguchi taking Hawaii luxury restaurant brand global". Pacific Business News. American City Business Journals. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "Vintage Cave Club". Hawaii Luxury Magazine. No. February/March 2018. HI Luxury Magazine. 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Vintage Cave names new executive chef". October 31, 2017.
  9. ^ Inefuku, Terri (October 27, 2017). "New 'Lanai' food court to open at Ala Moana Center". KHON. Retrieved March 16, 2018.

Coordinates: 21°17′28″N 157°50′44″W / 21.291172°N 157.845499°W / 21.291172; -157.845499