The spirit of Hawaii has invaded San Francisco, and the Bayview is about to get an island spot of its own to add to the recent debuts of Liholiho Yacht Club and Basik Cafe. Huli Huli Hawaiian Grill (4100 3rd Street) is a new restaurant from the team behind Project Bayview, a "discipleship home" that aims to help men reform their lives after gangs, drug addictions, and prison. Located right above the restaurant, the home currently houses 11 men, and has helped another 15 over the past two years; each rooms with a mentor, who helps him with job training, leadership skills, and medical treatment. All profits from the restaurant will go towards keeping Project Bayview afloat, with any excess benefiting impoverished communities in Africa.
Huli Huli will be entirely staffed by Project Bayview residents (aside from the manager), who'll be serving up "high-quality, nutritious food" at reasonable prices to encourage neighborhood residents to dine. (Since they own their own building and pay for housing for the staff, they're able to keep costs low.) One of the Project's success stories, a native Samoan and longtime Hawaii resident who overcame drug addiction and multiple stints in prison to go on to culinary school, will be leading the kitchen, putting out the namesake huli huli chicken, marinated short ribs, brown rice, salads, and housemade kimchi, featuring herbs and vegetables grown in the restaurant's own on-site garden. The casual space will have seating for about 50 guests, including some outdoor seats and will only be open for breakfast and lunch (no beer or wine). Expect it to open in the next month or two.