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Tony Roma’s to close last Hawaii restaurant this week

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                                Tony Roma’s in Waikiki will close on Wednesday.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Tony Roma’s in Waikiki will close on Wednesday.

The last Tony Roma’s in Hawaii is closing Wednesday, but fans of its fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs will be able to get the restaurant’s signature dishes not far away, at TR Fire Grill Waikiki, when that restaurant reopens in December.

Fire Grill is a sister restaurant, owned by WDI International, which operates the Tony Roma’s franchise launched in Waikiki 48 years ago. The franchise grew to four locations on Oahu and Maui, but only the Waikiki location, which employs a staff of 20, remains.

The restaurant was still sustainable, despite pandemic restrictions on dining, but its lease was about to expire and WDI did not want to pass higher rent costs on to customers, said Chihiro Kitagawa, a spokeswoman for WDI, said today.

Kitagawa said WDI Director Shige Kikuchi “wanted his customers to know they can still have their favorite dishes” from Tony Roma’s at Fire Grill.

Fire Grill, in the Hilton Garden Inn, is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but is scheduled to reopen in December.

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