The popular Hawaiian fast casual concept, Hawaiian Bros, has plans for immediate growth in Texas, bringing the humble Aloha spirit with them. Each restaurant features a striking design and island vibe with a kitchen void of freezers, fryers and microwaves. Food is prepared fresh daily. The concept offers authentic island comfort food in the form of traditional Hawaiian plate lunches as well as sides.
The first Hawaiian Bros opened in Kansas City in 2018 by brothers, Cameron and Tyler McNie, and has quickly become a staple for those who are looking for unique, consistent, high-quality food in a fast casual setting. Prior to opening their first location, the brothers were personally taught traditional Hawaiian recipes and cooking techniques used by native Hawaiians for generations.
Today, the classic Hawaiian plate lunch that remains an essential part of Hawaiian culture consists of fresh, flavorful meats, like slow-roasted pulled pork and marinated teriyaki chicken, along with traditional side dishes such as jasmine rice and tangy macaroni salad. It is the beloved comfort food one may eat with your Ohana – (Hawaiian for “Family”).
With ghost kitchens located in DFW and Austin, the founders and their team will bring the first brick-and-mortar locations in Texas to the area late spring into summer 2021.
Dallas/Fort Worth Area:
- Hulen (Fort Worth) will open at 4732 Bryant Irvin Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76132
- Denton will open at 2220 S Loop 288, Denton, TX 76205
- Alliance will open at 2301 N Tarrant Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76177
- Frisco will open at 11560 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034
- Upper Greenville Avenue in Dallas will open at 6011 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
- Kyle will open at 2047 I-35, Kyle, TX 78640
- San Marcos will open at 1439 N I-35, San Marcos, TX 78666
Additional DFW locations opening in 2021 Q3/Q4 (more details to come later) include Hurst, Allen, Waco, Mesquite, Addison, Richardson, Euless and Murphy.
Standout items on the menu include Huli Huli Chicken – Hawaiian Bros’ signature dish, marinated teriyaki chicken grilled fresh; Luau Pig – slow roasted Kalua pork seasoned with Hawaiian sea salt; Molokai Chicken – sweet and spicy perfectly grilled chicken with a little heat; Honolulu Chicken – savory chicken infused with fresh garlic, green onions and sesame; Macaroni Salad – a classic Hawaiian side featuring Hawaiian Bros’ secret blend of spices; Spam Musubi – rice, seared spam glazed in teriyaki sauce and wrapped in seaweed; and for dessert you can’t forget the delicious Dole Whip – a tropical soft serve. All plate lunches are available in small, classic and large sizes and come with white rice, macaroni salad, and your choice of protein.
President of Hawaiian Bros and spearheading growth for the unique and beloved brand, Scott Ford says, “From their first taste of Hawaiian cuisine, our founders Cameron and Tyler McNie, knew they wanted to share the flavors of Hawaii with the mainland. They also very purposefully centered their business around the value of Ohana —knowing the blending of community, connection and food would be the best way to honor the Hawaiian culture.”
Ford explains, “Texas has always been a top performing market. It just felt like an obvious next step. Our brand is poised for a sizable and rapid expansion, we need a market that can support that strategy with site availability, population growth and consumer response.”
With plans to grow from five units in Kansas City to over 16 in Texas, totaling 30-plus across the country by the end of 2021, Ford says the Hawaiian Bros future is looking bright.