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Pipeline Cafe's Final Bash

Leanne Picoc Leanne Picoc
Branden Picoc Branden Picoc
Jed Roa Jed Roa
Greg Azus Greg Azus

KAKAAKO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pipeline Cafe is throwing one last bash on Monday night before closing its doors for good. Bartender Leanne Picoc got a little teary-eyed when she heard the club was closing down. She has been working at the Kakaako hangout for more than a decade.

"I was really sad actually cause I've been here forever," she said.

Picoc also met her husband at the club five years ago. They even shot part of their wedding video at Pipeline Cafe.

"We wouldn't have met if it wasn't for here. We would have never met. I don't think we would have ever crossed paths," said customer Branden Picoc.

Leanne Picoc is one of roughly 65 workers losing their jobs.

"We're a very, very tight family. It's sad just to think we're not going to be working together anymore," said general manager Jed Roa.

"It was pretty emotional having to tell my employees we couldn't keep it going cause a lot of people relied on us for income," said owner Greg Azus.

Azus said the economic downturn affected business. The final setback came when the club had to either change its sprinkler system or drastically cut back its capacity level. Fire department officials stood outside the club on Monday night to make sure the crowd didn't exceed the limit.

For those who want a piece of Pipeline, an auction will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday. You can preview the items on Friday from 12 to 3 p.m. or from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday.

"A lot of our lighting, kitchen equipment, glassware, furniture, I'll probably find some memorabilia. I got some old posters and drumheads that have signatures of some of the bands that have played here," said Azus.

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