Starting Friday, you’ll have more choices of places to eat when you go to Ala Moana Center.

The mall’s newest food court, The Lanai @ Ala Moana, opens in the former Shirokiya space on Mall Level 2.

The 18,000-square-foot space will offer seating for up to 450 customers with the option to sit in a dining hall or al fresco beneath festival lighting.

Four eateries will open Friday:

  • Ahi & Vegetable: Fresh, high-quality tuna served in an assortment of sushi, sashimi, rolls, poke, and bentos with a side of salad or rice. Cooked foods include teriyaki chicken and beef, grilled fish (ahi and salmon), and more.
  • BRUG: A popular Japanese-style bakery and cafe from Hokkaido featuring artisan baked goods, soups, sandwiches, cold-brewed coffee, and jelly drinks.
  • Mahaloha Burger: This locally inspired menu features 100-percent free-range beef from Hawaii island, a variety of sides including sweet potato, onion rings, french fries, and tater tots, and shakes.
  • Sobaya: An authentic Japanese noodle house that specializes in soba (buckwheat), udon, and ramen noodles in soup with a variety of toppings, including popular tempura options.

We’re told HiTEA Cafe will not officially open Friday, but owner Michael Huo was on-site to oversee preparations and says the restaurant should open soon.

He says his cafe will initially offer “fresh-squeezed juice, fresh fruit bubble drinks, fresh tea, a lot of different types of smoothies” with food items to be served at a later date.

Huo says he’s excited for the “success of the business, serving the community, serving the customers, tourists and locals alike.”

Additional eateries will open later this year:

  • Agave & Vine: Hand-crafted cocktails, tequila, wine, and craft beers.
  • Da Spot: Exotic food and smoothies.
  • HiTEA Cafe: This Maui-based eatery offers freshly prepared stir-fry dishes with a mix of shrimp, meat, and vegetables, along with fresh fruit juices, smoothies, and tea.
  • Ike’s Love and Sandwiches: New to Hawaii, this San Francisco eatery is known for made-to-order sandwich options ranging from turkey to mozzarella sticks or jalapeño poppers topped with the brand’s famous “dirty sauce.”
  • Musubi Cafe Iyasume: Serves freshly made varieties of musubi, Japanese style bento, soup, and an array of bowl options, including katsu curry, kimchi beef, avocado shrimp tempura, salmon, and more.
  • Teppanyaki Farmer: An open kitchen concept where customers can watch their meal being prepared with locally available, farm-fresh products.
  • Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha: All-natural Hawaiian shave ice and locally made ice cream.

Regular dining hours will Mondays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Click here for more information.