It looks like Pono Burger, that Hawaiian-tinged quonset hut set into the neighborhood in Santa Monica, is heading for a second location along the Sunset Strip.
While still a ways off, chef Windy ‘Makani’ Gerardi’s team has already secured a lease and is angling for an onsite liquor license for the West Hollywood spot, which is located just steps west of Book Soup. The casual vibe, quality food and availability of reasonably priced drinks should be a boon for the neighborhood, which is largely hemmed in by pricey eateries on all sides.
Despite once being the new hotness, nearby Coney Dog — which slung Detroit-style hot dogs, mostly — couldn’t hold on after bringing its own beer and a bite concept to the Strip, but perhaps Pono Burger will be different. Expect to find out about six months from now.
Pono Burger Sunset Strip
8830 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA