35 thoughts on “Food Courts to Fine Dining: Hawaii Restaurants Shutter or Change”

  1. Aloha from Kaua’i,

    Please note that our Beloved Ha Coffee Bar & attached Kuleana co-working space have transcended vs closed..

    Now collaborating with Kaua’i Beer Company, Ha Coffee has relocated next door to them at 4265 Rice St, Lihue, HI 96766.

    Kuleana.work co-working has relocated to Kukui Grove Mall next to the delicious Deli and Bread Connection!…much better parking;)

    These two .orgs are the gift of Jeff & Kim Adams, who created them over eight years ago.

    MANY MAHALOS to them and others who helped create these two community oriented establishments.

    I imagine these two non-profits will do even better out from under base rents exceeding 15k/month….Oahu landlord gave them 7 days to move two businesses during a pandemic.

    Maybe we should look at how we are or are not taking care of each other right here amongst neighbor islands during this global challenge.

    The previous landlord, or course, blames his attorney for the bombastically disgusting way this transition occurred.

    Hopefully, someone will warn the new tenants..

  2. Hopefully the Dong Yang Inn up in Wahiawa has survived. I thoroughly enjoyed getting takeout from there often while stationed at Schofield in the 80s, and was happy to go again when I visited in ’09.

  3. When the economy comes back, what are chances some / all of these will come back? I mean, people need to get back to work at some point, right?

  4. My condolences – I feel your pain and sad. Some or all of these places all were hurt due to nothing they did. I pray everyone affected ends up on their feet sooner than later. I went through a similar life changing event recently and still have not ended up on my feet yet in some respects, so I know it is hard especially if one has been working hard and surviving, with no expectation of anything changing a positive future. I can only offer some advice:
    – pray often
    – make the effort to look for work, do not postpone it to “tomorrow”. You can take a break later
    – write your elected officials to find ways of helping you, to bridge you until COVID is handled and the economy comes back

  5. Here in a red state restaurants are fully open. Sad to see Hawaii is a blue state. Maybe you’ll change your mind after everything is shut down. Hopefully

  6. Thanks for the listing of gone places. Jimbo’s is a loss. A real local place, a place for people who want good honest food, not a show or to see and be seen. Recall getting there too late on at least one occasion to be told they were out of broth. No brith, no udon. Other items on the menu were good, but the udon in broth…

    As for Alan Wongs, the food was usually terrific but the slack attitude and service seem to say “You’re probably a tourist and we won’t see you again anyway.” It was always the same, you always waited for 10-15 minutes at the bar.

    Haven’t seen anything on Mavro’s, our top special dinner place. Hope Buzz’s in Kailua hangs on. Nothing like a fresh piece of local fish grilled over wood.

  7. Mahalo Beat of Hawai’i for always being there in these challenging (and sad) times.
    It just keeps coming.
    Blessings to all.

  8. I don’t want to look at that list come next spring. So sad and totally avoidable. I feel really bad for all those employees being recalled to work, just to let go again in a couple of month.

    1. Correct; totally avoidable with new, more sustainable business models that support businesses as community resources and treasures.

      The ridiculous rent machine model = not sustainable.

    1. Amazing what socialized healthcare and good education can do. Also, they are enacting a new lockdown due to rising cases and they have a couple of deaths a day.

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