On the culinary front, there's breaking news out of Lana'i City... of all places. (That's a sentence we don't often get to write.) As luck would have it, B on Hawaii was on the tiny isle last week researching a 2008 feature story for a national magazine, on the same day the Lana'i City Grille re-opened. First, a little history lesson...
The Hotel Lana'i was built in 1923 by pineapple magnate James Dole, who used the estate to entertain guests and executives. It was eventually bought and run as a private, 11-room inn-the sole hotel on Lana'i aside from David Murdock's Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay Hotel, now both managed by the Four Seasons company. The restaurant, called Henry Clay's, remained a local favorite until a few weeks ago, when a change in ownership at the hotel brought about a new look (and menu) to the Lana'i City eatery.
Maui chef Beverly Gannon (Hali'imaile General Store, Joe's Bar & Grill) was invited to helm the kitchen, while new, updated dﾎcor was installed. The refurbished locale now includes a dedicated bar area, to entice those seeking beverage and light fare service in a more social setting.
According to Gannon, the fare will lean towards comfort foods with an upcountry Hawaiian flare. Friday evenings, the Lana'i City Grille will feature live music on the outdoor Lana'i.
Lana'i City Grille is open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Call (808) 565-7211 for reservations.