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