The Modern Honolulu to Close Popular Morimoto Restaurant

morimoto restaurantThe Modern Honolulu has announced that Japanese cuisine extraordinaire and "Iron Chef" Masaharu Morimoto will be leaving the hotel after six years.

Morimoto will be leaving The Modern Honolulu on December 8. Reservations for dates after December 8 will be accommodated in a new dining experience. Details on the new restaurant will be announced soon.

“The Modern and Morimoto have been on a six-year journey to offer a unique dining experience and exceed the expectations of our guests,” said Morimoto in a written release. “I’m proud of what the team has achieved and wish The Modern Honolulu all the best on the next endeavor. It was a difficult decision to part ways and I know their guests are in great hands with the team here.”

According to a news release, the team at The Modern Honolulu is looking at how they can evolve and reimagine the Hawaiian dining experience. The new restaurant will be the "culinary answer to this constant evolution," according to the release. 

“We are pleased that all of the current employees will be a part of the new restaurant,” said Kelly Hoen, general manager of The Modern Honolulu. “On behalf of The Modern Honolulu team, our best wishes to chef Morimoto for the future. Our team has enjoyed every moment of this special partnership and we eagerly await sharing news of our new restaurant experience with our guests and local residents."