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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pipeline Cafe adds lunch menu

Advertiser Staff

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Pipeline Cafe will introduce lunch service next week, one of several changes to the concert venue.

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Kaka'ako nightclub Pipeline Cafe Hawaii is starting up a new gig: lunch.

The popular concert venue plans to begin serving lunch on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. starting on Tuesday after a Monday test run.

The lunch service is one of several changes being made to Pipeline Cafe after Hawai'i concert promoter Greg Azus bought the nearly 10-year-old nightclub in September.

Azus introduced a new menu that includes a lobster and spinach quesadilla, crab rangoon, pan-fried 'opakapaka and other items for $5.75 to $10.75.

Other changes aimed at restoring the 25,000-square-foot club to profitability include interior renovations, catering more special events such as wedding receptions and parties, and the addition of a Hawaii's Natural High retail store in the back of the club.

Azus founded Hawaii's Natural High in Waikiki in the 1980s, and also operated a clothing store selling musician-oriented merchandise called On Stage Hawaii, which he later reestablished as a concert promotions business.

The concert promoter held most of his On Stage Hawaii shows at Pipeline Cafe, which led Azus to purchase the club for undisclosed terms. "It's a good opportunity right now," Azus said in a statement. "But at the same time, it's a challenge. We need to roll up our sleeves and change things around."