Omaha’s culinary landscape is about to be enriched with a taste of the tropics as Hawaiian Bros Island Grill prepares to open its first location in the Omaha metro area. Set to welcome foodies in March at 16131 Stevens Point Circle in Gretna, the excitement is tangible, following the first news break by Omaha Food Magazine last year. For those eager to read our initial coverage, delve into the details at Omaha Food Magazine’s previous article.

This new addition, nestled in the vibrant Southpointe development near Interstate 80 & Nebraska 370, is more than just a restaurant; it’s a cultural gateway, inviting Omahans to experience the unique flavors and traditions of Hawaii. Hawaiian Bros stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of the Hawaiian plate lunch tradition, an iconic culinary offering that has its origins in the pineapple and sugar plantations of the 1880s.

The concept of the plate lunch, initially a simple meal comprising leftover meat and rice, has evolved significantly. By the 1950s, it had become a popular fixture at roadside stands across Hawaii. Today, this tradition continues at Hawaiian Bros, where the menu celebrates these roots with a modern twist. Diners can expect to indulge in an array of plate lunches, available in small, classic, and large sizes, featuring a variety of chicken preparations like the savory huli-huli (teriyaki) and the zesty molokai (sweet and spicy), alongside options like luau pig, seasoned veggies, and more.

A highlight of their menu is the iconic Spam Musubi – a unique blend of seared spiced meat and teriyaki sauce, wrapped in dry seaweed. It’s a dish that epitomizes the innovative and eclectic spirit of Hawaiian cuisine.

the exterior of a Hawaiian bros restaurant. It's night and the restaurant is lit up.

The opening of the Gretna store marks Hawaiian Bros’ expansion into nine mainland states, including Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, reflecting the growing popularity of Hawaiian cuisine across the nation.

For further information about Hawaiian Bros and their offerings, visit their website at

With construction progressing smoothly, our team had the opportunity to visit the site this week, capturing several images that showcase the excitement and development of this anticipated dining destination. As Hawaiian Bros prepares to open its doors in Gretna, Omaha Food Magazine invites its readers to join in the anticipation and get ready to embrace a slice of Hawaiian culture and hospitality right here in Omaha.

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