Inspired by the iconic Hawaiian Burger & Sandwich grill bearing the same name on Hawaii’s North Shore, Kua ‘Aina has ridden its wave of popularity from London to Belfast with its first Northern Ireland restaurant opening its doors in Victoria Square. The latest addition to Belfast’s quickly diversifying restaurant scene represents a significant investment into the local economy as well as bringing 30 new jobs to Belfast’s City Centre.
Locally owned and operated, Kua ‘Aina acts as a type of homecoming for two of the Big Chiefs, Paul and Patrick, who both have their roots in Northern Ireland. “While we opened our first Kua ‘Aina restaurant in London, our Belfast opening symbolises two Northern Irish boys bring their business home,” said Paul De Francisci. “We look forward to bringing a taste of Hawaii’s North Shore to Belfast in our fun, vibrant and laid-back restaurant.”
Explaining how the Hawaiian-inspired restaurant made its way to this part of the world co-founder Ed Bardos said, “After spending time in Hawaii and falling in love with the grilled sandwiches, burgers and warm ‘Aloha’ service at Kua ‘Aina, I knew there was nothing like it back home. Working with Terry Thompson, who has owned and run the original location for 40 years, our team set up two restaurants in London, and following their incredible popularity made the decision to bring Kua ‘Aina to Belfast.”
While the spirit of Kua ‘Aina might be a global sensation, the restaurant’s owners remain loyal to the brand’s ethos of keeping things fresh and local. “We are very conscious of sourcing the best possible local ingredients as we make everything fresh from scratch according to our tried and tested recipes,” added Patrick Gray, Operations Chief. “Our lava-grilled 100% pure beef burgers are made with no fillers or preservatives using our own blend of premium cuts of Northern Irish beef from a butcher in Dromara, while our buns are made using a secret recipe passed on to Belfast’s French Village Bakery to make for us. We prefer working with local suppliers to ensure our food does not travel too far, quality is consistently high and that we and our customers can feel good about supporting genuinely local business.”
Kua ‘Aina is located on Victoria Square’s 2nd Floor opposite the Odeon Cinema. For more information on Kua ‘Aina’s Belfast menu and offering visit http://kua-aina.co.uk/ or follow Kua ‘Aina on social media at www.facebook.com/KuaAinaNI @KuaAinaNI on Twitter and @KuaAinaUK on Instagram.