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A Fast-Casual Chain’s Hawaiian Plate Lunches Will Soon Arrive in Houston

Hawaiian Bros. will open its first outpost in the region on Westheimer

A takeout container filled with chicken coated in brown sauce, rice, macaroni salad and garnished with wedges of pineapple
A plate lunch with chicken, rice, macaroni salad, and pineapple
Kathy Tran for Hawaiian Bros.
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Fast-casual chain Hawaiian Bros., known for its plate lunches loaded with huli huli chicken and kalua pork, is headed to Houston.

An update to the restaurant’s website indicates that it plans to open its first Houston outpost at 6522 Westheimer Road, taking over a space formerly occupied by a Taco Cabana. It’s part of an aggressive growth plan in Texas for the Kansas City born chain, which opened its first location in Kansas City in 2018 and has since expanded to Texas, Missouri, and Illinois.

The chain’s first Texas locations opened in Austin and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and as many as 21 are in the works for the state. As such, don’t be surprised if more locations aren’t en route to Houston — this fall, Hawaiian Bros. will open five restaurants in two months in DFW.

As far as the food is concerned, diners can expect a simple menu focused on the classic components of a Hawaiian plate lunch. Huli huli chicken, kalua pork, and spicy Kilauea chicken are among the protein options, which are paired with big scoops of creamy macaroni salad and steamed white rice. Snacks like spam musubi and Dole pineapple soft-serve are also on the menu.

No word yet on when Hawaiian Bros. will make its Houston debut. Stay tuned for more details on its arrival.