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Sam Choy's restaurant on Nimitz to close March 31

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 03:57 p.m. HST, Mar 06, 2013


Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab restaurant will close on March 31.

The restaurant on Nimitz Highway opened in 1997.

Good Eats USA, Inc., the owner of Sam Choy's, has decided not to renew its lease. The restaurant has about 50 employees.

The company said the employees can apply for jobs at the neighboring Aloha Beer Company, which was co-founded by James H.Q. Lee, one of the owners of Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab.

“It was a good 15-year run through some of the toughest economic times,” said Chef Sam Choy. “We sincerely appreciate the overwhelming support that we received from our loyal customers.”






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dlum003 wrote:
Ono food, but very expensive. Just not sustainable ( I hate that word) in Hawaii's high cost of living.
on March 6,2013 | 03:15PM
pauliboy wrote:
Too bad, good run. Although truthfully, I never had a good meal there. Chef Aurelio was an excellent chef at his previous restaurants, though. Says something about the ownership, maybe? Hmm. Great location, too. Nico's should move again to this spot or some other seafood restaurant should open up. That place is huge!
on March 6,2013 | 03:15PM
niimi wrote:
Not a happening place anymore. Overpriced plate lunches are more affordable at the Kaka'ako Kitchen.
on March 6,2013 | 03:36PM
medicinecrow65 wrote:
Yet another memory filled establishment will be gone from Honolulu. The restaurant business is a hard one to be in and not many last as long as this one did.
on March 6,2013 | 03:39PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The beer was not very good.
on March 6,2013 | 03:45PM
64hoo wrote:
was not a good place for a restaurant everybody just drives on by some people can't even find it especially tourist who drive by car probably go right on by sam choys.
on March 6,2013 | 03:56PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
the half hour wait for your food wasn't good..plus having a valet system was ridiculous
on March 6,2013 | 04:05PM
awahana wrote:
All of the comments so far are accurate. Not a fan of both establishments.
on March 6,2013 | 04:34PM
HD36 wrote:
Are we really out of the recession? Or is it turning into a depression?
on March 6,2013 | 04:37PM
serious wrote:
Neither. Been to both of Sam's places. He's better on TV--food not good, service so-so and prices too high. It's the Economy!!! Good prices, Good food---you get the action.
on March 6,2013 | 04:46PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
A recession is defined by a drop in GDP growth for 2 consecutive quarters. A depression is a drop for 8 consectutive quarters. Since we had real GDP growth in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2012, the sky is not falling Mr./Ms. Little.
on March 6,2013 | 06:07PM
builderguy wrote:
To Sam and James. A good run indeed. Nothing last forever. Will miss the fried rice, one of the best. Sam you got your thing and James will land on his feet. Thanks for the memories and not only BLC but Diamond Head.
on March 6,2013 | 05:00PM
lastcrusader wrote:
Food and service at Sam Choys was junk
on March 6,2013 | 05:04PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
plus, only valet parking. they wouldn't let me park my own car even if i offered the valet $5.
on March 6,2013 | 05:53PM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
Junk is being polite. Three times there was three times too many.
on March 6,2013 | 07:45PM
Allenk wrote:
The fried rice was a winner, but haven't eaten there in years.
on March 6,2013 | 05:44PM
honokai wrote:
agree with most of the comments .... would never even think of stopping in there in recent years ... Nico's nearby offers a much better option for upscale plate lunch type food
on March 6,2013 | 06:05PM
kiragirl wrote:
Wednesday's prime rib special is Da Best! Ono, plenty and cheap. Disagree on many comments about the service and cost. Service is good and price is reasonable. The valet parking is a cheap way to make a few bucks but I can understand that if everyone did their own parking, it would be a mess. So for all those negative commenters, go on Wednesday with the half price appetizers and the prime ribs. Comes with clam chowder/ salad and baked potato/garlic mash or rice. All for $21 for that 16 oz. prime ribs.
on March 6,2013 | 06:28PM
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on March 6,2013 | 09:28PM
kiragirl wrote:
Think about it. Zippy's will cost you $10 even with the senior citizen discount card. Choy's prime ribs cost twice as much but you get 4 times more so is the better deal. Don't knock it until you tried it. I truly like the prime ribs Wednesdays because IT IS a great deal! Trust me!
on March 6,2013 | 11:12PM
kailua000 wrote:
I always thought it was just okay, not worth the high prices. Went occasionally with friends. I always thought Sam Choy owned it, so now I dont feel so bad that its closing
on March 6,2013 | 07:06PM
kekahahi wrote:
overrated place. never cared for it.
on March 6,2013 | 07:14PM
kekahahi wrote:
there's still sam choys at hickam AFB though. beach front property. very nice. check it out.
on March 6,2013 | 07:16PM
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