HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The family that owns Byron's Drive In has told employees they must close the restaurant, ending a 47-year run for what used to be a local chain.
The restaurant, listed with an address of 3297 N. Nimitz but really on Koapaka St., was a late-night favorite for flight crews at Honolulu International Airport.
Yelp carries mixed reviews for the eatery, with some complaining of unsavory people handing around nearby and some critiquing the food, while others rhapsodized about the shrimp and oyster burgers, fried Oreos, and fried pickles, available on request despite not being on the menu. What is without question is that the menu had become unique in an era of national chains.
Lori Wong, who said the recent bankruptcies of Hostess Brands led to a great deal of orders for fried Twinkies, told HawaiiNewsNow that the family had not wanted to impart bad news so close to the holidays, but felt the 35 employees deserved to know what was going on after rumors of the impending closure hit the coconut wireless.
The move was triggered by demolition plans of the landowner rather than any falloff of business at the restaurant itself. No specific date for closure was immediately announced and Byron's could remain open beyond the holidays, but the family, which opened the first Byron's in the 1960s, did not expect to try reopening in any other location.