Local Restaurant provides 76-cent plate lunch

Eddie Flores Jr
Eddie Flores Jr
Chase Uekawa
Chase Uekawa

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - With gas more than $4 a gallon, it seems like Americans just can't seem to get a deal these days, but Tuesday one restaurant chain in Hawaii offered plate lunches for only three quarters.

Hundreds of hungry eaters line up before dawn to be the first to sink their teeth into a steal.

"My cousins, my auntie and my friends, we all came out here to get some free lunch," Chasen Hamakanakauahipaula said. "We've been here for three hours."

Some wait even longer than that outside L&L for a 76-cent plate lunch and 10-cent Pepsi.

"For 76-cents, you can't turn that down, it's a big deal," said L&L Drive-Inn President Eddie Flores Jr.

Chase Uekawa and his family were first in line.

"I like any kind of food, I don't like vegetables," he said.

To kill time he plays with his cousin.

"Just talking about Pokeman cards," he said.

"We're doing this because we want to make a donation to Goodwill Industries and Goodwill has a tremendous mission to help people who are physically and mentally challenged," Flores said.

Jimmy Quintero is last in line.

"We went here yesterday as we saw the sign they had for everybody to come to have a lunch and I think it's a good idea," he said.

"My favorite is the chicken katsu, the chicken katsu, I'll order the chicken katsu." Hamakanakauahipaula said.

The first one hundred customers receive free T-shirts, and most important, a tasty mahalo from L&L.

The annual event marks L&L's opening in 1976 and last year over 2,000 people lined up for the deal.