The first Uzbekistan restaurant opening in Hawaii


The first Uzbekistan restaurant in Hawaii

The first Uzbekistan restaurant in Hawaii is opening in a historic Downtown Honolulu building, an owner confirmed to Pacific Business News Tuesday.

Akrombek and Mamura Yuldashev, a husband-and-wife team from the Central Asian country, are opening “Silk Road Cafe” early next year in a ground floor space at the three-story, 18,228-square-foot “Arcade Building,” which at one time was home to the Honolulu Advertiser. It has a mix of retailers and restaurants on the ground floor as well as offices on the upper floors.

Silk Road Cafe, a new restaurant serving food from Uzbekistan, will open in the Arcade Building on the Merchant Street side in Downtown Honolulu.

Silk Road Cafe will be located in a ground-floor space on the Merchant Street side of the building that had been vacant for about a year.

The restaurant, which will be open Monday through Friday for lunch, is named after the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean.

Akrombek, also known as “Aki,” told PBN that this is his first restaurant venture, although he has headed other businesses, including in the shoe industry. The 30-year-old, who moved to Hawaii in 2014, started his first business when he was just 17 years old.

Silk Road Cafe, which is currently being built out, will serve dumplings, noodles, pilaf and other typical Uzbekistan food. Pilaf is the country’s signature dish and includes rice, meat, onions and carrots.

There are many Uzbekistan restaurants on the Mainland, including several in California, and Akrombek, who will run Silk Road Cafe with his family, is excited to bring his country’s cuisine to the Islands.

Pacific Business News