Industry Spotlight: Frank Clark – Waikiki Yokocho

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A talented Honolulu-based serial entrepreneur is the mastermind behind the creation of Waikiki Yokocho. This first-of-its-kind, one-of-a-kind dining experience, in Hawaii, came about as a result of one man’s decades-long passion for Japanese culture and cuisine. That man is Frank Clark.

A talented Honolulu-based serial entrepreneur is the mastermind behind the creation of Waikiki Yokocho. This first-of-its-kind, one-of-a-kind dining experience, in Hawaii, came about as a result of one man’s decades-long passion for Japanese culture and cuisine. That man is Frank Clark.

Frank Clark grew up in a military family and spent much of his childhood living in Germany, Korea and Japan. But it was Japan that spoke so poignantly to the things Clark appreciated most – the simplicity of design, the respect for tradition and each other, the sense of serenity and the never-ending quest for perfection typified in daily life.
Over the years Clark returned frequently, mastering the language and developing an extensive network of business and personal relationships. After settling in Hawaii in 1990, he has used these relationships, initially to build a successful PR and Marketing business specialized in the Japan market, and later to move into high-end real estate – first residential and then commercial, and always focused on serving the Japan market.
As his business grew, so did the number of trips he would make annually to his ‘second home’ where he soon discovered and fell in love with the Yokocho which are found in many of the urban centers. In Japanese, Yokocho means an alley, and these narrow thoroughfares are usually tucked away just off the bustling city center where small bars and restaurants offer a vibrant, colorful and inviting place for people to gather and eat an array of different, traditional Japanese cuisine. Such was Frank Clark’s fascination and passion for these Yokocho that he began the long search for the perfect location to establish one in Honolulu. As with most real estate ventures, location is everything and it took several years before, in 2016, the ideal space presented itself on the lower level of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, in the very heart of Waikiki! Clark then set about reaching out to his contacts across Japan, many of whom for years had expressed an interest in doing business in Hawaii. He soon built a hui of successful Japanese chefs who grasped his vision and seized upon the opportunity.
Today this thriving gourmet enterprise, known as Waikiki Yokocho, is home to14 different restaurants and bars offering a wide variety of cuisines and dining experiences from hand-made sushi, crispy tempura, Michelin-endorsed ramen, innovative desserts, a selection of fine whiskies and more.
Such is the success of Waikiki Yokocho that Clark has been approached to open others in Hawaii and also on the U.S. West Coast and New York city. Knowing that Clark is never one to sit still, we wait with anticipation to see what this high energy entrepreneur has up his sleeve next.

Frank Clark grew up in a military family and spent much of his childhood living in Germany, Korea and Japan. But it was Japan that spoke so poignantly to the things Clark appreciated most – the simplicity of design, the respect for tradition and each other, the sense of serenity and the never-ending quest for perfection typified in daily life.
Over the years Clark returned frequently, mastering the language and developing an extensive network of business and personal relationships. After settling in Hawaii in 1990, he has used these relationships, initially to build a successful PR and Marketing business specialized in the Japan market, and later to move into high-end real estate – first residential and then commercial, and always focused on serving the Japan market.
As his business grew, so did the number of trips he would make annually to his ‘second home’ where he soon discovered and fell in love with the Yokocho which are found in many of the urban centers. In Japanese, Yokocho means an alley, and these narrow thoroughfares are usually tucked away just off the bustling city center where small bars and restaurants offer a vibrant, colorful and inviting place for people to gather and eat an array of different, traditional Japanese cuisine. Such was Frank Clark’s fascination and passion for these Yokocho that he began the long search for the perfect location to establish one in Honolulu. As with most real estate ventures, location is everything and it took several years before, in 2016, the ideal space presented itself on the lower level of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, in the very heart of Waikiki! Clark then set about reaching out to his contacts across Japan, many of whom for years had expressed an interest in doing business in Hawaii. He soon built a hui of successful Japanese chefs who grasped his vision and seized upon the opportunity.
Today this thriving gourmet enterprise, known as Waikiki Yokocho, is home to14 different restaurants and bars offering a wide variety of cuisines and dining experiences from hand-made sushi, crispy tempura, Michelin-endorsed ramen, innovative desserts, a selection of fine whiskies and more.
Such is the success of Waikiki Yokocho that Clark has been approached to open others in Hawaii and also on the U.S. West Coast and New York city. Knowing that Clark is never one to sit still, we wait with anticipation to see what this high energy entrepreneur has up his sleeve next.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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