Kona Bistro is one of those emerging businesses that is turning Oakley Square into a bustling attraction, full of one-of-a-kind shops and eateries. Just down the path from King Arthur's Court, the independent toy store, and wedged into the same building as Dewey's Pizza, the bistro isn't simply a coffee hut.

Located in a bright, jazzy space with a high tin ceiling and tall windows, the airy restaurant features contemporary art on the walls and contemporary fare on the menu.

Sandwiches include a "BBT" ($6.50) with maple bacon, fresh basil, Roma tomato and sharp cheddar on crispy white bread, adorned with a zippy black peppercorn mayonnaise. The Grilled Balsamic Eggplant sandwich ($8) arrives on ciabatta with melted fontina cheese, caramelized onion, roasted red pepper and spinach. The Kona Double Burger ($9) features layers of swiss, cheddar, sweet salsa verde and a roasted cumin-tomato aioli. Pasta dishes include Greek Shrimp Pasta ($10.50) and a nifty number, Chicken & Pancetta ($12) tossed with sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, spinach, ziti and rosemary-smoked cheddar sauce.

Starters include a Butternut Squash & Pear Soup ($3) and a delicious Southwestern Corn & Crab Chowder ($4.50), the latter worth a visit by itself. Salads include Adobo Cuban Chicken ($8.50) served over romaine with black beans, roasted corn and spicy avocado dressing. The Smashed Salmon Salad ($9.50) brings the fish on a bed of spinach with mashed potatoes, shredded carrot and mango chutney. The Kitchen Sink ($8.50) is our personal choice, a marvelous mix of shrimp, turkey, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, green olives and cheddar, all topped by a lemon feta garlic dressing.

There's a side room in the back that can be reserved for private business meetings. There is no extra charge, but meetings must be scheduled a minimum of 14 days in advance.