Spinning Fresh FlavorsA La Carte Columns
November 20, 2016
Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
When founder and owner Darien Provenza put his passions for hip-hop and making burgers together, out sprung Franky Fresh, Kaimuki’s newest spot for burgers and milkshakes. Provenza grew up in the food industry, and at just 28 years old, he has more than a decade of experience in restaurants, including his family’s Fat Greek eateries.
Not only are the burgers delicious — each is made with fresh Paniolo beef from the Big Island — but also the vibe in Franky Fresh is unlike any other. Provenza’s personal boomboxes that he scored off of eBay line the walls, along with street art and memorabilia including a Fresh Prince poster.
Repurposed vinyl records serve as the base for the menus at Franky Fresh, which offer five burgers, four appetizers, four sandwiches and six cereal milkshakes such as Cap’n Crunch ($7.49). Although the menu isn’t very large, Provenza insists that everything is worth trying. “I wanted to make the menu like a good album where you don’t skip a track and everything is good,” he says.
KICKING IT OLD-SCHOOL
Even a classic burger at Franky Fresh is an all-new experience. Try the Old School Burger ($11.75) and sink your teeth into juicy beef topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and Franky Fresh sauce. Guests also are encouraged to add some toppings such as Swiss cheese ($1.50), avocado ($2) and bacon ($2).
3040 Waialae Ave., Kaimuki
Daily, noon-9:30 p.m.