Hula Girl, which provided sliver of island life in Shirlington for nearly four years, will serve its last order of root beer sticky ribs this month.
Chef-owner Mikala Brennan announced today that the restaurant’s last day of service is scheduled for Saturday, September 21. The colorful, Hawaiian-themed eatery at Village at Shirlington (4044 Campbell Avenue) is reportedly being replaced by a CVS.
Update: Eater has confirmed that Shirlington Indian restaurant Aroma will replace the Hula Girl space.
“All I really wanted to do was to bring Hawaiian food to this area. And I did, for close to 10 years, from the food truck to restaurant,” Brennan says in a statement.
Along with plate lunches, poke bowls, and Spam musubi, Hula’s fans came for Waialua-style sticky ribs tossed in root beer glaze and a bottomless Saturday brunch with $4 guava and passion fruit mimosas. The 3,600-square-foot restaurant fit 110 inside and 25 on its dog-friendly patio.
Its retro design bled into the bathroom, featuring a wallpaper collage made up of photos of Brennan’s mom as both a stewardess and resident of the 50th state back in the day.
The restaurant will run specials through its closing week, along with an “eat the restaurant” event on its final night, with deep discounts on its food, tiki drinks, and local and Hawaiian beers.