L&L Opens 205th Restaurant in Nanakuli

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue opened its 205th location on Thursday, July 30, in Nanakuli. The new restaurant is the second L&L franchise owned and operated by brothers Jun Chow and Zi Yuan Zhou, both of whom emigrated from Zhongshan, China in the 1990s.

The 1,200 square foot restaurant with indoor dining for 12-15 is located at the newly built Nanakuli Village Center at 89-102 Farrington Hwy, Suite E6, Waianae, HI 96792 and will be open initially for take-out service only from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Safety measures include a sneeze guard over the counter, on-going sanitation measures, and correct PPE for employees.

L&L has already opened five new restaurants this year in California and Arizona, many during the Covid-19 shutdowns. The Nanakuli location marks the first new franchise in Hawaii since 2018. It will offer L&L favorites such as Barbecue Chicken, Chicken Katsu, Kalua Pork with Cabbage, Loco Moco, and more entrée staples, all served with two scoops of rice and mac salad. In addition, this is the first L&L to install a full-scale roaster and as a result it will also offer Roast Pork, Roast Duck and Char Sui on the menu.

“We are excited to expand our brand with a second location along the Waianae Coast,” said L&L Hawaii CEO Elisia Flores. “In addition to providing our signature comfort food, our focus is on doing everything we can to ensure safety and convenience for our customers.”

L&L Founder Eddie Flores with owner/operators Zi Yuan Zhou and Jun Chow, who also operate an L&L in Ewa Beach.

For customer convenience, there is take out, and delivery and online ordering options through third party delivery services such as Byte Squad.

Flores was appointed chief executive officer and vice-chair of L&L Hawaii in August 2020. She succeeded her father, Eddie Flores, Jr., who founded the iconic brand with Johnson Kam in 1976. The company now has 206 locations throughout the U.S. and Japan, including 15 states, ranging from Alaska to North Carolina.

About L&L Hawaii

Founded in Honolulu as L&L Dairy in 1952, L&L became a popular eatery in Hawaii. The iconic L&L Hawaii brand was founded in 1976 by Eddie Flores, Jr. and Johnson Kam, who have grown the company into the most popular restaurant franchise specializing in Hawaii cuisine throughout the world. Today L&L Hawaii offers Hawaiian-style comfort food and hospitality at its nearly 200 locations throughout 14 states and Japan. For more, visit hawaiianbarbecue.com.

Grok Coffee launches Oahu delivery service

Grok Coffee has launched a novel coffee delivery service for the island of Oahu. Grok Coffee Delivery brings locally roasted, whole-bean coffee in reusable, environmentally friendly jars to homes and businesses. The customizable service allows customers to order and pay for freshly roasted coffee by the ounce, with the option to vary the amount with every order. Coffee lovers get the variety and convenience of a subscription service but are able to enjoy more flexibility than with traditional plans.

Grok Coffee’s selection of rotating coffees is unmatched by any other company. All coffees are roasted by Hawaii-based roasters from across the Hawaiian Islands, many of them also coffee farmers. The company takes pride in seeking out quality, under-the-radar roasters and growers. Grok Coffee founder Shawn Steiman, PhD, says, “We have amazing roasters in Hawaii who roast a wide range of Hawaii-grown and world coffees. We must support our coffee community to help it grow and thrive.” The service’s most unique aspect is the ability to purchase coffee by the ounce.

Grok Coffee Delivery works much like a traditional milk delivery system. Full jars of coffee beans are dropped off and the empty containers are picked up, washed, sanitized and reused. Grok Coffee has also partnered with local businesses to host pick-up and drop-off depots as an alternative to direct delivery. Grok Coffee’s booth at the Saturday Kaka‘ako Farmers’ Market also serves as a depot with the bonus of having Steiman to answer coffee questions in person. Customers register and manage subscriptions via Grok Coffee’s website, www.GrokCoffee.net, where they choose from the weekly Hawaii-grown or world selection, or opt for some of each. Prices typically range from $2.40-$2.80/oz. for Hawaii-grown coffees and $1.40-$1.80/oz. for world coffees. The delivery charge is $7 for Oahu deliveries. At this time, mail-order is not available.

Grok Coffee has a focused eye on environmental well-being, and every aspect of the service operates with this commitment. The glass jars and lids are plastic-free and the only waste generated is the coffee label, which is recycled. A benefit of this packaging system is a reduction in plastic use by at least 47%. “We have to choose to reduce our use of fossil fuel-based products. That choice is hard—we want to help make that choice easy,” says Steiman.

About Grok Coffee

Grok Coffee is a Honolulu-based company providing coffee bean delivery, coffee-centric tours, coffee education, and event coffee service. It is owned and operated by coffee scientist Shawn Steiman, PhD. Steiman is Hawaii’s own “Doctor Coffee,” holding a doctorate from the University of Hawaii-Mānoa specializing in coffee studies. He is an international coffee consultant and the author of The Hawaii Coffee Book: A Gourmet’s Guide from Kona to Kauai and The Little Coffee Know-It-All: A Miscellany for Growing, Roasting, and Brewing, Uncompromising and Unapologetic, and co-editor and contributor to Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry.