Before Hawaiian restaurants became almost as ubiquitous as sushi joints in Boise, there was Ono Hawaiian Cafe on Broadway Avenue. The strip-mall joint has been serving up heaps of Kalua pig, poke and macaroni salad since December 2007.
But as of Wednesday, Feb. 1, longtime restaurateur Mike Mohica will no longer run the business. Mohica recently sold Ono to Ed Scott.
“[Scott] kind of came in from the corporate world; he was at Wells Fargo and knows really not too much about restaurants, but wants to give it a shot,” said Mohica. “He wants to keep it the same—the name will stay the same, employees will all stay the same, menus exactly the same.”
According to Mohica, the stress of running catering business Kanak Attack and a restaurant was taking its toll.
“Having two operations ... I just wasn’t able to concentrate on either operation,” said Mohica. “So, we figured we were doing Kanak Attack for the last 12 years, so we might as well just kind of stick with that.”
Kanak Attack will now be operating out of the Powerhouse Events Center, where Mohica plans to cater weddings and book live concerts. He will also be picking up a food truck—tentatively called Kanak on Wheels—in April, out of which he will serve Kalua pork, teriyaki chicken and other Kanak faves.
“Ono is still going to be a great restaurant, but if they want me to cook it, then I figure I might as well go mobile,” said Mohica. “It’ll just be a little easier and I can make my own hours. If I don’t feel like operating today or tomorrow, then we’ll just park it.”