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Liliha Bakery opening at old Sam Choy's on Nimitz

By Kristen Consillio

LAST UPDATED: 06:07 p.m. HST, Oct 23, 2013

Honolulu restaurateur Peter Kim plans to open Oahu's second Liliha Bakery in May at the former Sam Choy's Breakfast Lunch & Crab restaurant on Nimitz Highway.

Kim is duplicating the iconic Liliha Bakery concept as he expands into downtown Honolulu's urban core, and will grow the restaurant side of the business, adding seven times the number of seats than the original bakery to his dining room.

Kim plans to hire 60 to 70 employees for the 165-seat restaurant and bakery. 

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mikethenovice wrote:
Out of the way for us bus riders
on October 23,2013 | 06:09PM
pandadaddy wrote:
That's the idea. They're trying to minimize or eliminate bus riders from hogging all the coco puffs.
on October 23,2013 | 06:33PM
mellishi wrote:
...not a good idea to open another location. "if the wheel still works, don't fix it" - one location in Liliha is still better. Why chance it with another location that is expensive to own or lease improvements= loses to come. It takes a lotta coco-puff's to make up potential losses. If you have a great location, why do you need another??? Your profit per square foot won't amount to much, but good luck anyways.
on October 23,2013 | 09:56PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Did you ever see that place in Liliha? It's always packed and the parking lot is full. They definitely needed a bigger dining area so I'm glad Peter got this place. Hope it works out for him.
on October 24,2013 | 06:27AM
Anonymous wrote:
Yeah that's right, tell a successful enterpreneur who owns over two dozen restaurants that he doesn't know what he's doing...
on October 24,2013 | 10:19AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The more we talk about eating healthy, the more fast food joints, and bakery shop are opening.
on October 23,2013 | 06:11PM
syhud wrote:
SHHHHHHHH.! Don't give the gov any ideas. He might want to put a tax on sugary pastries also.
on October 23,2013 | 06:42PM
mikethenovice wrote:
This lady at work always bring the chocolate filled cream puffs from LB. Yummy!
on October 23,2013 | 06:12PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Which by the way, is the name of his Korean restaurant chain.
on October 24,2013 | 06:27AM
Who_Said wrote:
Can't wait, but I think parking will still be an issue...
on October 23,2013 | 06:25PM
paniolo wrote:
Yep. Need more spaces.
on October 23,2013 | 06:58PM
kiragirl wrote:
Good luck. Zippy's right next door.
on October 23,2013 | 06:30PM
false wrote:
Parking at the old Sam Choy's was always a problem. Limited and required valet parking. Unless Kim has new ideas for space and free parking, I'd rather go to the Lililha store.
on October 23,2013 | 07:00PM
ualana wrote:
Wow, this is great! Maybe now with a bigger place and more business, they won't shrink the Cream Puffs and return them to the larger size they once were without charging all of us MORE! The food here is always great, the atmosphere is very friendly, the Chantilly Cakes are the BEST in the whole world, but please Mr. Kim go easy on the shrinkage and higher prices of all your ONO delights! Mahalo for reading.....
on October 23,2013 | 07:00PM
Bumby wrote:
Not as good as before. As they say keep the prices the same and shrink the product. Taste quality is deteriorating.
on October 23,2013 | 07:49PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Anpan is also outstanding. Twice as much filling as anywhere else.
on October 23,2013 | 09:08PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
This is totallyl awesome! This location works for me better than the Liliha location. Thank you, Peter Kim!!!!
on October 23,2013 | 09:25PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Ai yah. Seven times as many seats to fill, high overhead. Good luck, brah, you taking one big chance.
on October 24,2013 | 02:43AM
paniolo wrote:
He owns 25 restaurants (check out the other story in today's paper), so, money should be no problem for him. He's already looking to open a 3rd one in Pearl City area or West Oahu.
on October 24,2013 | 08:03AM
krusha wrote:
Great to have another place like that to eat at around that area instead of just Zippys.
on October 24,2013 | 06:15AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Yeah, Zippy's food is just ok. Probably chili is the best but other than that everything else is just ok.
on October 24,2013 | 06:29AM
LadyNinja wrote:
Expansion for the Liliha Bakery is good. I support Peter. Peter and his family are the successful owners of the Yummy Korean food chain. Great food, more than great products and Peter sees to it that value is packed into every plate. Liliha Bakery should be expanded because unless you live in the area, there is always huge traffic problems. Liliha Bakery has always been a favorite of my family and also of my parents. Good going Peter. Hugs to Jennifer too.
on October 24,2013 | 07:38AM
PokeStop wrote:
If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Pastries are good but Kim will raise the prices to subsidize his construction cost. At the higher price, it ain't worth it! Food is just average, everything is fried or grilled! Heart attack city right across from City Mill.
on October 24,2013 | 07:50AM
Sunny wrote:
Agree, the food is just average so if they raise their prices customers will not come. Also, the lack of easy parking will hinder the grab and go bakery business.
on October 24,2013 | 08:01AM
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