Fresh Café Closes its Doors

Dec 29, 2015

The view from Fresh Cafe's stage during the 1st Thursday Poetry Slam.
Credit Nick Yee

Two locations of a popular Honolulu café chain are suddenly closing their doors.

Fresh Café opened in 2009 on Queen Street- drawing crowds into a light industrial area not traditionally frequented by the public.

The café opened up its second location in Chinatown a little over a year ago in the space formerly occupied by Indigo restaurant.

Since opening the space has helped to incubate Honolulu’s art and music scene- hosting events like Art+Flea, Pow!Wow! Hawai‘i and the HawaiiSLAM First Thursday poetry slam.

Owner Tiffany Tanaka and her business partners decided to part ways after failing to find common ground over everyday business practices. 

Both locations remained opened on Tuesday to say a final farewell to customers.  Tanaka says she hopes to reopen the café in the future- although she has no definitive plans in place yet.