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By Megumi Nomura. February 4, 2015 - 3:20 pm
There’s a new spot in town to enjoy great pizza and beer. Proof Public House held its official grand opening this past Saturday. The celebration began with a traditional Hawaiian blessing by a Kahu, followed by a characteristically solid performance by local favorite, Mike Love. The pizza was cheap ($1 per slice for the grand opening!), the drinks were stiff, and there was a pleasant, relaxing air of familiarity that spilled out onto Chaplain Lane.
HPU professor, Serena Hashimoto, and business partner, Joshua Hancock, are the proud owners of the new establishment. The two are no strangers to the Downtown scene, as they opened the popular Downbeat Diner & Lounge in 2011. Like its sister-bar Downbeat, Proof Public House features vegan options on their menu. Unlike Downbeat however, Proof will not feature live music, although an upstairs karaoke room is in the works.
Proof Public House had its soft opening in December of last year and were open for business weekdays in the afternoon. But following Saturday’s celebration, they will start opening at 11:00 a.m. This is great for students and Downtown professionals who now have another option for lunch and happy hour.
Local nightlife aficionados might have initially mourned the loss of longtime Honolulu haunt, Mercury Bar, but they can rest easy knowing that the space is in good hands.
Oh, and bonus points to Proof’s for having a hard-to-find-in-Downtown pool table.
Photos by Meg Nomura.