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Waioli Tea Room reopening delayed

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 04:57 a.m. HST, Nov 09, 2013

The historic Waioli Tea Room will reopen Monday, Nov. 18, not this Monday, as was previously announced.

The Salvation Army, which is renovating the popular restaurant operation and will be its operator upon reopening, announced today that unforseen circumstances had caused a delay. The circumstances were not detailed.

Longtime operator Brian Jahnke did not renew his 10-year lease as the operation was no longer profitable, he told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in October.

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miss_laulau wrote:
I wonder if the unforeseen circumstance was a ghost? My husband was there late one night cleaning up. No one else was supposed to there. He saw a woman with long black hair walking down the hallway and he called to her. She did not answer and entered a room. When he looked into the room no one was there and there were no other exists. Needless to say, he finished cleaning up real fast and never went back...Lol...
on November 9,2013 | 04:28AM
cojef wrote:
Well, another legend being borned??? After all the original location was once way nack in the early 1900's a place of refuge for wayward young unwed mothers. Today, there is no such things as wayward young girls. Planned Motherhood organizations have seen to that.
on November 9,2013 | 11:20AM
RandolphW wrote:
I wonder if he was spiking his tea with something as he was cleaning up.
on November 9,2013 | 10:36AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Although I do not frequent restaurants due to the high costs, I was there for a wedding party and noticed that this restaurant does not have a bar. In this day and age, restaurants rely a lot on the bar as this part of the restaurant can really make a lot of money through very high mark ups. I suspect that Salvation Army has a policy against the sale of alcoholic beverages on the premise due to their service to help families dealing with an alcoholic family member. The previous operator was working with a very big disadvantage what with the probably high rent that Salvation Army charged him. Now that Salvation Army will be operating the restaurant they may be able to charge lower prices for the foods and thus attract more customers but given the history of Hawaii businesses (see Maui milk prices) I don't think so.
on November 9,2013 | 11:43AM
aomohoa wrote:
I love the charm of this place. I am so happy it is reopening.
on November 9,2013 | 11:51AM
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