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Looking for a bit of Hawaii? New Hawaiian-themed restaurant opening in Kansas City area

New Hawaiian-themed restaurant to open in Kansas City area,ph01

Two brothers who helped operate Hawaiian Time, a quick casual restaurant chain with nine Oregon locations, are entering the Kansas City market with a similar concept in Belton, Missouri, the first of as many as a dozen locations planned for the metropolitan area.

Cameron McNie and Tyler McNie will open Hawaiian Bros Island Grill, 1112 E. North Ave. in Belton, in February. The brothers partnered with longtime friends and brothers Paul Worcester and Joel Worcester of Worcester Investments to purchase the 2,800-square-foot former home of Long John Silver’s.

Hawaiian Bros will feature Hawaiian-inspired island décor and a menu that includes a signature teriyaki chicken dish, Huli Huli Chicken. At about $8.50, the restaurant’s traditional plate lunch includes a main portion of meat, two scoops of white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad.

McNie said the ownership group chose to launch in Belton because of population growth in Belton and Raymore, as well as the ability to purchase the standalone building near Target and Home Depot near the intersection of 58 Highway and Towne Center Drive.

The McNie brothers already are scouting a second metro-area location after touring more than a half dozen potential sites in November.