Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Goodbye Ono Hawaiian Food (Oahu)

Last chance to eat at Ono's until it closes its doors forever. To the disappointment of many, this popular local food joint will close this week Saturday. Known for its down home local food cooking and rich flavors, just one look on the walls and one appreciates all the years and people this restaurant has served. Rent is going up again (they sign 5 year leases), and the restaurant owners say it's not worth taking out a $100,000 loan to update the kitchen to bring it to the building owners' standards. The owners and workers are too old to put in that much money and to keep the business going, she tells me. 

For the past two weeks the lines have been out the door with a wait time of over an hour. No phone orders are taken since they are swamped. Don't even try calling, they will not even pick up the phone. Lau Lau is only served when you dine in. Beef stew runs out before the days' end. I was thankful to get their deliciously smokey Kalua Pork to go on two nights and will miss this Kapahulu joint and a place that felt like home for so many. Thank you and goodbye Ono Hawaiian Food. 

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