Brian Chan, a former chef at Restaurant Epic, is bringing brunch to Honolulu’s Chinatown with the opening of Scratch Kitchen and Bake Shop on July 15.
Chan decided to open his own restaurant after leaving Restaurant Epic earlier this year. Chan is still a silent partner at Epic but the long hours at the restaurant prevented him from seeing his family as much as he wanted.
Chan, the son of Little Village Noodle House owners Kenneth and Jennifer Chan, will open Scratch at 1030 Smith St., in the building that housed Ken Fong Restaurant before its closure earlier this year.
Chan saw the opening for a brunch restaurant in the downtown food scene and decided to capitalize on the market while bringing his own twist. Scratch will focus on serving brunch while emphasizing a fresh and simple approach to food made entirely from “scratch.”
“The brunch is going to be unique and unlike anything you’ve had before,” said Chan, “The restaurant will be very open like you’re at home with a fun environment not only for diners but employees.”
Scratch’s menu will rotate quarterly with a new theme each quarter. The quarterly approach will keep ideas and choices fresh for customers.
The first quarter will be a contemporary approach with a Southern twist on what Chan called “soul food.” Featured menu items for summer 2014 will include creole shrimp and grits and French Quarter beignets.
The 1,400 square-foot restaurant will seat about 41 guests and an open kitchen will allow guests to watch food preparation. Scratch will employ 15 people. Brunch will be served from Tuesday to Sunday with limited dinner service from Thursday to Saturday.