Island-inspired Hawaiian Bros Island Grill opens in Columbia

Team members of Hawaiian Bros Island Grill circle up Monday before the grand opening of the new Columbia fast-casual chain restaurant on Grindstone Parkway.

A popular Kansas City area restaurant known for its Hawaiian plate lunch-inspired menu now is officially open in Columbia. Hawaiian Bros Island Grill wants to bring its core tenets of ohana, or family, and the aloha spirit to Columbia, said Josh Roan, launch manager.

“We had a lot of great feedback in the Kansas City market to bring one to Columbia,” he said, adding that he has heard stories of people driving to the Blue Springs location from Columbia just for the food, or on the way to events in Kansas City. “We are excited to be here in Columbia. The community has been very welcoming. We know it has taken a while to get to this point.”

Guests were lined up around Hawaiian Bros Island Grill and then some Monday in anticipation of the new Columbia fast-casual chain restaurant opening on Grindstone Parkway.

The restaurant held soft opening events Friday and Saturday for first responders, teachers, students and other local business owners. There was a mix of about 60% who knew of and had eaten at a Hawaiian Bros before and the rest were first-time visitors, Roan said. Visitors at the head of line Monday, which wrapped all the way around the building, also had a smattering of those who already knew what the restaurant offered and brand new guests.

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