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Waikiki Cheesecake Factory reopens after Feb. 1 fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:59 a.m. HST, Feb 26, 2013

The Cheesecake Factory at Royal Hawaiian Center reopened Monday morning after a three-week closure for repairs after a kitchen fire.

It will resumed regular business hours at 11 a.m. with a grand reopening and a traditional Hawaiian blessing of the restaurant. 

The Cheesecake Factory, one of the busiest restaurants in Waikiki, continued to pay its staff their regular wages throughout the closure, the company said..

The restaurant praised the efforts of the Hono­lulu Fire Department for quickly extinguishing the Feb. 1, 2013 fire. Damage to the kitchen, exhaust ducts and neighboring businesses was estimated at $2.5 million, a Fire Department spokes­man said.  The cause of the fire was a gas leak to the fryer in the kitchen that was ignited by the pilot light.

The early-morning fire closed Kalakaua Avenue for 3 1/2 hours until firetrucks celared the scene in the heart of Waikiki's tourist district.

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aomohoa wrote:
They manage to get The Cheesecake Factory up and open in 3 weeks. It's lukcy it wasn't up to the government or it would have cost more and taken a year! It's amazing how quickly something can happen when you down have civil servants involved. LO!L
on February 25,2013 | 02:30PM
XML808 wrote:
Repairs are one thing. But what I'm curious about is how they got city building permits and inspections done that fast. Besides the structural elements, kitchens have water, electrical, exhaust hood, and fire prevention systems that need to be inspected and approved.
on February 25,2013 | 03:26PM
Bobby wrote:
Kudos to owners of The Cheesecake Factory for expediting the required repairs and taking care of it's employees. I have been to the TCF on many occasions... always busy... always good food.... and always excellent service.
on February 25,2013 | 02:45PM
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