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Star Noodle set to reopen in new spot

Patrons can go to Aloha Mixed Plate location

Popular Lahaina eatery Aloha Mixed Plate is putting operations on pause and turning its open-air location along Front Street into the new home of sister restaurant Star Noodle.

Officials are gearing up to open Star Noodle around the end of the first week in November, Star Noodle General Manager Nicky Boskoff said Wednesday.

Star Noodle, which is located in the Lahaina Industrial Park, will move to Front Street on the makai side of Lahaina Cannery Mall.

Both restaurants have been closed since the onset of the pandemic in March.

With the absence of visitors and new guidelines for restaurants, Boskoff and Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu restaurant group, which owns and operates both restaurants and a number of other eateries, decided to reopen Star Noodle first.

They said it has more of a local clientele with a menu of fresh noodles and Asian favorites, and can now operate in the larger open-air site of Aloha Mixed Plate, which for years has served up its takes on local favorites to tourists.

Boskoff said the decision was based on several factors — a “kind of wonky” visitor industry, limited capacity at Star Noodle’s indoor restaurant due to social distancing guidelines and construction in the Lahaina Industrial Park area that will impact the restaurant’s parking. Opening Star Noodle in Aloha Mixed Plate’s spot seemed to be “a winning combination,” said Boskoff, who’s also the former general manager for Aloha Mixed Plate.

“We have such a strong local following, and we are excited to give our kamaaina the opportunity to dine with us again without the significant wait times that we have experienced in recent years,” Boskoff said in a news release.

She said staff are trained in new sanitation guidelines and that there will be online ordering for takeout.

As for Aloha Mixed Plate, Boskoff said she’s put uniforms and other restaurant items into storage, for now.

“I’m going to wait for another opportunity,” she told The Maui News on Wednesday. “I’m going to wait and see what happens.”

“We felt the best thing right now would be for us to open Star Noodle for our local customers,” she added.

Another sister restaurant, Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop in Olowalu, is expected to return slowly, possibly with takeout-only holiday pies for Thanksgiving, Boskoff said.

The larger Old Lahaina Lu’au also run by Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu currently does not have a timeline for reopening, she added.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at mtanji@mauinews.com.

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