‘Cheers!’ to Kapalua

OK-so maybe Ted Danson and Kirstie Alley are not part of the picture. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see “Cheers” stars Kelsey Grammar and Woody Harrelson at Pineapple Grill in Kapalua, as both have resided on Maui.

Yes, the “Grill” as regulars like to call it, is the place in Kapalua where everyone seems to know your name. Now, its bar and lounge are even more fun with the continuation of its “8 after 8” promo.

“We wanted to create more excitement for the bar and the bar lanai area,” says Chris Kaiwi, Pineapple Grill’s vice president and managing partner. “Cause a lot of people have labeled us the ‘Cheers’ of Kapalua.

“Basically, with the exception of Thanksgiving tonight, you can come in after 8 p.m. on any Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and you’ll find eight new cocktails handcrafted by mixologist Chandra Lucariello of Southern Wines & Spirits, eight fun new bar pupu by our new Chef de Cuisine Aaron Palone, and eight new value-driven wines by the glass by our wine director Tony Guerrero -and they all only cost $8 each. Plus, live music plays.”

Veteran jazz pianist Fulton Tashombe generally plays Thursdays, and you will walk in to hear him breathe new life into “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and Brother Iz and “When we Touch” by Sting with a little help from, say, singer Kelly Covington and saxophonist John Zangrando backing him up. Share some of Chef Palone’s eight new pupu such as hoisin-glazed smoked pork belly in steamed Chinese bun, served on a wooden plank; and blue crab and pickled asparagus “big sushi” roll, as you sip the Cucumber Lychee Collins with Ketel One citroen vodka as well as lychee puree, muddled cucumber, sweet-n-sour and a splash of club soda.

“Chef Aaron has travled to Thailand and Indonesia and he’s excited to create dishes with exotic Asian flavors,” says Kaiwi. “People are eating them right up. And, the drinks are making a huge splash.”

Friday nights, kick back and listen to the acoustic island music of Danyel Alana, and munch kalua pork potstickers with nuoc cham sauce; and Asian crab guacamole with crunchy won ton chips; as you sip a refreshing glass of Chilean Carnemera reserve or a big, bold Columbia Valley merlot as accompaniments.

Saturday nights, you may tap your feet to Hawaiian music by Alika Nakooka and Eddie Sebala as you dive into fresh Waipoli Farms lettuce cups with shiitake mushroom-pork hash and chile-peanut sauce; and crispy Upcountry Brussels Sprouts with truffle-soy.

Pair them with the Ginger Rogers craft cocktail with Dickel’s No. 12 Tennessee whiskey, blended with Elixir G ginger syrup, fresh lemon juice, lehua blossom honey and club soda. Or the Strawberry Balsamic Lemonade made with Ketel One.

“The bar at Pineapple Grill is just a wonderful place to unwind, relax and see old friends while meeting new ones,” says Marcy Rhody. “Everyone makes you feel special and at home there. The menu is first class and the wine list is one of a kind,” says Ronnie Coker. “Cheers!”

For more details, call Pineapple Grill at 669-9600.