Food courts have long been the food oasis at crowded shopping malls, offering weary shoppers fast-food fare, Chinese takeout and chain-style desserts.
Well, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina is hoping to change that perception.
On Friday, he opens his latest restaurant concept called The Street, A Michael Mina Social House on the ground floor of the International Market Place. It spans 6,900 square feet facing Kūhiō Avenue with 13 different chef-driven restaurant concepts ranging from homey Italian food to inventive poke.
This is one of two The Street concepts for Mina, who opened Stripsteak Waikīkī in the third-floor Grand Lānai last year. His second is slated to open on the newly reimagined Beverly Center in Los Angeles—also developed by Taubman Centers, which redid the International Market Place—in 2018. (That gourmet food hall will be located on the eighth floor with panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and downtown L.A. and feature 15 to 18 different restaurants and a rooftop bar.)