Serving Aloha for 25 Years
Noho got his start in the restaurant business when his brother Roy asked for his help creating a Hawaiian restaurant in Corvallis, Oregon. The Hawaiian-Portuguese-Italian Marchesi brothers were born and raised in Hawaii and yearned for the food and flavors of their childhood.
They opened Local Boyz Hawaiian Cafe in 1991 with a menu based on recipes from family and friends back home. It was an instant hit with the Oregon State University community, and Roy and his family continue to operate Local Boyz in Corvallis today.
Noho moved to Portland in 1992 and offered island fare in several temporary locations before opening his Clinton St. restaurant in October 1994. In the early days, he worked a second job to make ends meet, napping on rice bags after the restaurant closed before going to a 2 a.m. shift unloading freight trucks.
In eary 2019, he decided to simplify his life and operate just one restaurant in Portland and one in Medford. He consolidated his beloved Clinton St. location with his larger restaurant on NE Fremont St., that has a tropical bar and back patio. A catering operation provides a full range of services in Portland and Medford.
Over the years, Noho's vision has remained the same: offer generous portions of great tasting food in a casual setting that embodies Hawaii's warm aloha spirit.