HILO, Hawaii – A line stretched down the mall of Prince Kuhio Plaza for the 10:30 a.m. opening of Hawaii Island’s first Zippy’s Restaurant on Thursday.
Hundreds stormed the eatery on two fronts: the Fast Food Counter & Napoleon’s Bakery, which opens out onto the mall traffic, and the Dine-In Restaurant, which has its own entrance to the Kuhio Plaza parking lot.
Zippy’s is well known through-out the state for its signature chili (over 110 tons sold a month, the company says) and its assortment of local plates. There are 23 locations on Oahu and one on Maui. From the company’s website:
|Francis and Charles Higa founded Zippy’s Restaurants on October 17, 1966. With their perseverance and vision, what started out as one restaurant on King Street has grown to locations all over Oahu, and on the island of Maui. Zippy’s Restaurants has also grown to include other operations such as Napoleon’s Bakery, Osaka Okazuya, Kahala Sushi at Zippy’s Kahala, and the Sushi Bar at Zippy’s Pearl City.|
In the above video, we spoke to FCH Enterprises, Inc. president Paul S. Yokota
We also gleaned the following info from the Zippy’s website, detailing the hours at the new Hilo location:
|HOURS OF OPERATION (through August 29th)
Fast Food Counter & Bakery — 5:30am — 9:00pm
From August 1st through August 11th:
Only breakfast items will be served from 5:30am to 10:30am
From August 1st through August 19th:
Limit 1 dozen Napples
Starting August 12th:
Breakfast all day in the restaurant