Bryn Mawr Grad Brings Hawaiian-Style Snack Shop to Philadelphia

Chris Vacca, who grew up in Kennett Square, and his partner Kiki Aranita are providing Philadelphia with Hawaiian-style delicacies from their Poi Dog Snack Shop. (image Via

Philadelphians are finally able to partake in some of the famous Hawaiian delicacies thanks Kiki Aranita and her partner Chris Vacca, writes Michael Klein for

The bustling Poi Dog Snack Shop at 100 1/2 S. 21st Street in Philadelphia offers traditional Hawaiian fare such as Loco Moco, Spam Musubi, Kalua pig, and various Poke’s.

The eatery constantly rotates its menu, offering combinations such as Hawaiian plate lunches and Filipino desserts. The store also provides catering for luaus, birthdays, office parties, and weddings.

The new eatery is a brick-and-mortar version of the pair’s popular food cart, which recently took over Rotisseur’s location.

Vacca and Aranita met while they were both taking classes in the classics program at Bryn Mawr College. While Vacca is a local, Aranita, who holds s a Masters degree from Bryn Mawr College, is a New York native who has spent years living in Honolulu and Hong Kong.

The restaurant is counter service, and while table seating is available, take-out is much more popular. The location is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday, as well as from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays for brunch.

Read more about the new eatery at here.

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