Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab to close this month

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab restaurant, which opened on Nimitz Highway in 1997 with its original local-style menu items and unique island décor, is set to close its doors on March 31, 2013.

Good Eats USA, Inc., the owner of Sam Choy's, has decided not to renew its lease and the approximately 50 employees will be invited to apply for jobs at the neighboring Aloha Beer Company, which was co-founded by James H.Q. Lee, one of the owners of Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab.

"It was a good 15-year run through some of the toughest economic times," said Chef Sam Choy. "Locals and visitors kept coming back for the diverse menu of island-favorites and we sincerely appreciate the overwhelming support that we received from our loyal customers."

To show appreciation to customers, the restaurant will host five charity benefit dinners during its last week of operation. During the events, 25 percent of all food sales at dinner and a portion of breakfast and lunch sales will be donated to charity.

Sam Choy, the restaurant's namesake and one of Hawaii's most recognizable celebrity chefs, will continue to operate Sam Choy's Kai Lanai in Kailua-Kona.

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