This is the first Makiki stop, as Zippy once again ventures into a full catering service

As they have done so many times for over 20 years, John and Penny Kaneakua sat down for a meal on Monday at Zippy’s Makiki restaurant. They each ate eggs and shared a plate of pancakes. But this visit was different: it was their first restaurant meal since the start of the pandemic.

“She was suspicious, however,” John Kaneakua said. “She said if the parking lot is full we won’t go in. But we got in and it was cool so we decided to eat there.”

The reopening was the first of Zippy’s 23 branches – 21 in Oahu and one in Maui and the Big Island – since the restaurant closed for on-site dining on March 17.

Reopening amid the coronavirus threat meant creating a security infrastructure, said Daniel Ito, head of communications.

This included installing plexiglass dividers between tables and a digital thermometer that scans diners before they sit down. Arrows direct the flow of customers and hand-operated, foot-operated disinfectants are located throughout.

Diners are seated at all other tables for social distancing, and the tables, plexiglass, and seats are sanitized between the seats. Kitchen staff and waiters wear masks and gloves.

Security measures require visitors to do their part, even before entering the dining room, by registering for a table online at

“We strongly suggest that customers put their name on an online waiting list,” Ito said. “They’ll get a notification on their phone when their table is ready, so they can wait in their car. This encourages people not to congregate outside the restaurant.

Even the regular menu has been streamlined for more efficiency.

“The limited menu choices were based on speed of service so customers could get their entire order in five minutes or less,” Ito said. “It was to make sure we didn’t have crowds waiting for food. “

The company plans to reopen more sites based on their size and popularity, he said.

Next: Vineyard location at 59 N. Vineyard Blvd. “If all goes according to plan, it will reopen on July 20,” Ito said.


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Sure, you can order a bowl of chili rice or a Zip Pac to go, but did you know that Zippy’s also sells mochiko chicken and chocolate cupcake mixes? Not to mention the hand sanitizer and masks?

A current take-out offering is the Bombucha Box, a mix of chili, spaghetti meat sauce, hamburger curry, corned beef hash (all to be reheated at home) and cornbread mix. , with a free mask for good measure. And in true local, ohana style, the box includes a $ 25 gift card to Alan Wong’s restaurant. That’s a value of $ 165 for $ 100.

Star-Advertiser photographer Cindy Ellen Russell contributed to this reporting.

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