Liliha Bakery expanding to Nimitz Highway
Liliha Bakery is expanding by opening a second location at the old Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab in May.
Deborah Dominici and her husband are regulars at the Liliha Bakery on Kuakini Street, yet they live in Kapolei.
"We make it a nice treat so every time we come, you know, for a doctor's appointment or something we come over here and get a treat," said Dominici.
But, the treat often comes with a wait.
"Oh to sit down," said Bird Mahelona. "Yeah, I would say 15 to 20 minutes."
And that's why Mahelona was excited to find out the restaurant is adding a second location. Liliha Bakery hasn't expanded since it was built in 1950.
Owner Peter Kim bought the bakery five years ago, and he's been looking to grow ever since.
Like the original, he says the new restaurant and bakery at the former Sam Choy's site on Nimitz Highway will bake everything in-house, but in a much larger, more visible and central location.
"It's right in the... in the heart of Nimitz and lot of the lawyers and the courts and everything else, so there's going to be one good flow," said Mahelona.
Liliha Bakery currently has 52 employees, but just 21 seats. The owner says the new location will have about 70 employees and more than 160 seats.
Kim owns 25 local restaurants and says he's still unsure about hours for the new site. Whatever they are, regulars will be coming back, not just for Coco Puffs.
"The mahi mahi plate," said Mahelona. "The mahi mahi's good. Brown rice and always got to get the butter rolls, yeah? I'm here for the butter rolls."
"The butter rolls with that atomic jelly there," said Dominici. "So, that's the best and the Coco Puffs. That's the best."
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