A Brick and Mortar for The Pig & The Lady

Help us create our new home, The Pig & The Lady at Lemongrass Cafe in the heart of Chinatown, Honolulu.
Andrew Le
Honolulu, Hawaii
United States
2 Team Members


They say home is where the heart is. At The Pig & The Lady, we like to say the kitchen is where the heart is. Growing up, our mother spent most of her time in the kitchen as she loved to cook. It has always been our dream to create a space where I can share the love of my mother's cooking along with the things I love. 

We started off as a fun idea where we'd pop up in a restaurant and serve an amazing seven-course dinner. And our idea turned into a reality where we set up shop at several farmer's markets, serving Vietnamese street-style food. As our popularity grew, we realized we needed a permanent place to call home and now we found one.


The restaurant will be open five days a week for lunch and dinner and will have a liquor license to sell beer, wine and spirits. The restaurant will take facets from the menus at the farmer's markets and Noodle Bar pop-ups (last held at pop-up space Taste and Honolulu Night Markets) by serving Vietnamese street food-style lunches for the fast-paced downtown crowd and imaginative tasting dinners and late night snack food for the nighttime crowd.

We have partnered with Pacific Gateway Center; a nonprofit committed to supporting and assisting immigrants, refugees and low-income residents, and will be taking over their current restaurant Lemongrass Cafe at 83 North King Street. As a part of their partnership, we will be employing participants in their work training program and using produce they are planning to grow on their farms.

We are also expanding our catering department to cater small meetings to big events, like office parties, business events, weddings and graduations. We will also have a small retail area for our fans who want to pick up a jar of kaya jam or a TP&TL t-shirt to give as gifts! 

In total, the company estimates it will require $151,500 in start-up costs plus a $25,000 line of credit to get through the first year of operations.


The site is 3,000 square-foot and beautiful. The building is a historical site, built in the 1950’s and is a red brick loft-like warehouse with high roof ceiling and a completely built-out kitchen ready to go. We want to create the inside to feel like you're dining outside, as if you were sitting at a table on the streets of Vietnam. We want the place to feel magical and fun.


A native son of the islands, Andrew Le went to New York where he received an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. When he returned, he spent five years working at the upscale Chef Mavro’s restaurant in Moiliili, rising to sous chef. In 2011 he set out on his own, creating The Pig & The Lady as a pop-up restaurant working around Honolulu and selling at farmer’s markets. The food concept he has developed is modern, fresh take on traditional Vietnamese food, utilizing local product, delivering sandwiches, rice dishes and noodles that have garnered rave reviews. Mr. Le has been interviewed and reviewed in Honolulu Magazine twice and is called a “rising star” by national online magazine Star Chefs. The Pig & The Lady was currently noted as the number one restaurant in the Honolulu magazine's Top 100 Dishes 

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  • $5USD
    A social shoutout

    A big shout out and thank you on the pig and the lady website!

    2 claimed
  • $25USD
    For the sweet tooth

    A free jar of our housemade and ever popular kaya jam made with local ingredients.

    24 claimed
  • $50USD
    Farmer's market favorites

    A free bowl of noodles or banh mi of your choice at the restaurant or farmers market.

    25 claimed

    Date night

    A three-course chef selection dinner for two.

    105 out of 105 claimed
  • $250USD
    Invent a cocktail

    Our bar manager Kyle Reutner will teach a class on making classic cocktails for four guests. Also Kyle will help you invent a cocktail that will be featured on our menu!

    8 claimed

    Sunday Funday with the Fam

    Chef Andrew was inspired when he was a little boy by Mama Le’s cooking and adventures in Chinatown and wants you to experience it too. Andrew and his crew will take a family of four on a field trip through our neighborhood to buy your ingredients. Then he will teach you on how to make a family friendly meal that you will enjoy afterwards.

    6 out of 6 claimed
  • $300USD
    Ladies Night

    Girls just want to have fun, right? Get six of your friends together and enjoy a specialty-made cocktail, a light entree and dessert.

    3 claimed
  • $500USD

    Receive a copy of our first menu autographed by the entire opening staff, have your signature added to a contributor collage that will be displayed in our restaurant, - & - Enjoy “THE MAJOR GRAZER.” You and a guest will receive an exclusive meal featuring a sampling of EVERYTHING on our menu (in small-plate size, FOOD ONLY).

    11 claimed
  • $600USD
    Holiday Office Party

    Share your love of The Pig and The Lady with your coworkers. Come to the restaurant, and we'll make a "chef's selection" menu for up to 20 people. Come celebrate the holidays with us!

    4 out of 5 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    THE MAJOR GRAZER part deux

    Receive a copy of our first menu autographed by the entire opening staff, have your signature added to a contributor collage that will be displayed in our restaurant, - & - Enjoy “THE MAJOR GRAZER,” - & - An invite to attend the pre-opening dinner for four guests.

    2 claimed
  • $2,100USD

    To feasts and friends! A special chef's tasting dinner for 30 guests.

    1 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    Iron Chef mystery basket

    Receive a copy of our first menu autographed by the entire opening staff, have your signature added to a contributor collage that will be displayed in our restaurant, - & - Enjoy “THE MAJOR GRAZER,” an invite to attend the pre-opening dinner for 4 guests, - & - Free noodles for 1 person from The Pig and the Lady for 1 year, - & - A four-person dinner, IRON CHEF/CHOPPED STYLE! You will present a mystery basket and we will cook it.

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  • $10,000USD

    A big shout out, jar of kaya, our first autographed menu, your signature added to a contributor collage, “THE MAJOR GRAZER,” an invite to the pre-opening dinner for 2 guests, noodles for 1 for a year, a 4-person IRON CHEF/CHOPPED STYLE dinner - & - We'll close down the restaurant and host a private movie & tasting dinner for 30 people. - & - A 4-course dinner for 2, twice a year for as long as we are open…. FOR-EV-ER

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