Article by Clayton Nelson
In downtown Honolulu there is are a variety of restaurants and bars to fit nearly many taste palette. One of those is the Downbeat Diner and Lounge which caters to the vegan crowd by providing almost all menu items vegan upon request.
Multiple reviews found on Google would claim the atmosphere of this American diner to be “fun,” “great,” and “hipster without overkill…”
The diner is one of the few restaurants with two faces; one is a vegan friendly diner with small bar, the other is a lounge with full bar often hosting live local music artists.
According to Google reviews, students and non-students have lunch, dinner, drinks or desserts all while spending more than 45 minutes of socializing.
The diner is located a few blocks from HPU, making it convenient for students and others in the downtown area to stop in.
Reviews on various websites from Facebook, Google and HappyCow generally rate the service and staff to be friendly and well accommodating for all ages, even younger crowds.
The diner is owned by Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) professor Dr. Serena Hashimoto and managed by her daughter Isabella Hashimoto.
In downtown Honolulu on Hotel street, Downbeat Diner and Lounge. Photo provided by Clayton Nelson.
Isabella Hashimoto “I can be candid.” Photo Provided by Clayton Nelson.
Isabella and Cassie Treviño prep for the evening business. Photo provided by Clayton Nelson.
Clayton Nelson (right) “It’s for my photojournalism class.” Isabella Hashimoto (left). Photo provided by Clayton Nelson.