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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalihiboy View Post
    I'll admit I went into the Taste of New York many times but was always scared off by its prices. Of course it doesn't cost a thing to look and that is what I always did. The desserts were very tempting. I swear I saw commercials for them as recently as two weeks ago.

    In Phoenix, 20 some years ago we had a "Taste of New York" chain of restaurants there and always wondered if they were linked somehow.

    Aj
    "A Taste of New York." Well, hardly. No bagels with cream cheese and lox? No knishes? And the pastrami came from Chicago? Not necessarily a bad thing, that Chicago pastrami, but it's a "Taste of Chicago" not a "Taste of New York."

    I must admit that after hearing about it I never bothered to go. Someone told me that the restaurant offered an enormous fat hot dog on the menu. That is NOT a NY hotdog. Think Sabrett, Boar's Head, Nathan's. No bigass fat hotdogs.

    And travesty of travesties---they didn't make their own soups! Soups are a mainstay of NY restaurants. And so easy to make---that giant vat of REAL soup, whether it be clam chowder, mushroom barley, matzoh ball soup or whatever, is part of the character and charm of the real NY deli/restaurant. You classicly get your choice of soup or salad with a whole meal. And it is soup that is made on the premises. It really perplexes me---why would they NOT make their own soups?

    They bought their soups from somewhere else. Kinda lame, IMHO. I have visions of containers of Safeway Signature Soups being dumped into their stockpots.

    Okay. Now---ten dollars a slice for cheesecake? Come ON already. Sorry, but this peeves me. Even the Carnegie Deli in NY doesn't charge this high a price for their cheesecake.

    Sorry for the rant. I'm also sorry that the restaurant failed but only because I hate to see anyone fail.

    But really.....

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    Default Re: R.I.P. Tsukenjo Lunch Wagon and The Cellar

    Wow, talk about me being out of touch. Tsukenjo Lunch Wagon was a mandatory stop for my dad when he was growing up, he would take us there at least once a month (sometimes two). Anytime I came back home, I would make sure to pay a visit and order a mandatory Hamburger Steak plate lunch. Ono hamburger, ono gravy, great macaroni salad, right amount of rice.

    This is a heartbreaker.

    EDIT: I read another article and I guess I was confused. The lunch wagon is no more, but the Tsukenjo Lunch House is still there, correct? *phew*
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    In my quest to look for a Space to open up a Restaurant, I found the following establishments will be closed in a few months:

    1. Rada's Piroski on Fort Street Mall
    They will join their sister restaurant across the mall.

    2. Lynn's Chinese Foods, Michaels Drive Inn and their Cocktail Lounge at Liliha Square.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stwahine View Post
    In my quest to look for a Space to open up a Restaurant, I found the following establishments will be closed in a few months:

    1. Rada's Piroski on Fort Street Mall
    They will join their sister restaurant across the mall.

    2. Lynn's Chinese Foods, Michaels Drive Inn and their Cocktail Lounge at Liliha Square.

    Auntie Lynn

    More fond memories of Lyn's and Michael's. When I was a kid, Daddy and I ate there while mom shopped at Times.

    Here's hoping you'll soon move in, Auntie! It's a great location (and very convenient for me -- and Scriv too!) and I hope things work out for you!
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    I was very dissapointed this weekend when I discovered a restaurant that I never had the chance to visit had closed down in it's few months of operation.

    I had, via an internet search, discovered there was an Indian Curry and BBQ that had opened up at Maunakea Marketplace. this article was a few months old, but I was ecstatic. I went there on Friday and could not find it at all, so I called the number on the article, and some man tells me "we've moved to Fort Street mall next to McD's". so I walk there from Maunakea St and again could not find it. I called the # again and no answer. Tried several times. Frustrated i went to the office. Later I called that # and the guy answered and told me that he was not the restaurant and that he gets several calls asking about that Indian Curry place. So I guess he decided to have some fun and sent me on a wild goose chase for something that dind't exist.

    I soooo wanted that Indian curry place at maunakea Marketplace to exist.
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    As you can see by the banner in front, Tropic Fish & Vegetable Center in Ward Farmer's Market will close for good, March 31, 2008.



    They're already liquidating inventory in the store, and removing some of the merchandise fixtures.



    All that remains of the "old school" tenants in Farmer's Market will be Haili Hawaiian Foods, who I've spoken to the owner just the other day, and she said they still have 2 years more on the contract before the place gets torn down for that new development project. When that happens, Haili's plans to continue doing business at a new location that they're in the process of searching for.

    "Tropics" usually carries fresh specialty asian vegetables that often you can't even find at the neighboring Marukai Market. Watercress, Bak Choi, Luau leaves... even Togan (Winter Melon) could be found there. Most very close to Chinatown prices. Not to mention simple, yet so ono bentos and sandwiches prepared fresh every morning. Also really affordable. Mrs. Tanoue would often buy fresh catch from local fishermen and sell them at the store. Anykine stuff from Opelu and Menpachi to Monchong.

    This pounds yet another nail in the coffin for Ward Farmer's Market.

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    I lived in Pearl City in the late 60's and remember both Scotty's and Bluebirds. My parents took us kids to both. I used to walk down with my school chums from Higlands in 1973-75 and we'd stop at Scotty's. The french fries weren't the fat crinkle ones, because I don't like those. The ones we had there were the thin style like McDonalds. We tossed a few to the birds while we waited for the city bus.

    I ate Magoo's pizza a lot. I always ordered a small pepperoni for delivery. The Magoo's some of you are talking about at Puck's Alley - I seem to remember a Mama Mia's there. Last time I ate there was around 1994. Former local boxer Wildman Carrere sometimes sat at the bar there. Moose McGillicuddy's still at Puck's?

    What's going on with all the leases rising? Are the Japanese foreigners buying all the property and jacking up the land? Sad if true. Waikiki has totally changed in attitude, they cater to Japanese tourists more than anyone and if I walk in a store I get the cold shoulder.

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    The Magoo's I remember was located in Waikiki. They delivered to the University area. Mama Mia was first located on the South King-McCully corner where Jack-in-the-Box now stands. A used-car lot, Surf Motors, was also situated adjacent to Mama Mia's.

    Later on, Mama Mia's moved to Puck's Alley when Rich Miano's parents owned it.

    East Side Grill occupies the space which was previously the legendary BLUE GOOSE (Crazy Shirts had designed a tee-shirt), BULLWINKLE'S, and MOOSE MCGILLICUDDY'S (changed from BULLWINKLE'S after a cease-and-desist order was filed by the creators of the BULLWINKLE cartoon character). I also seem to recall a RAIN TREE or RAIN COUNTRY CAFE there in the early-to-mid-80s.

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    Maple Garden near Stadium Park has been sold and will be closed at the end of March. I was told it will re-open sometime with the same name, but different owners and menu obviously.

    Aj

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    MAPLE GARDEN, too? WOW! That's one of my favorite Chinese restaurants. They've always given me complimentary almond float for dessert.

    I better go there tonight!

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    Maple Gardens...I remember that verryyy hot dish they served the table next to us. So spicy your eyes watered if you were downwind.

    I remember Magoos Pizza when it was a trailer parked in the far corner of Times Supermarket in Waialae.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpacific View Post
    MAPLE GARDEN, too? WOW! That's one of my favorite Chinese restaurants.
    I remember that was where I first tasted Peking Duck. That was during the days when you had to order it 24 hours (or more?) in advance.

    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    I remember Magoos Pizza when it was a trailer parked in the far corner of Times Supermarket in Waialae.
    Iʻm pretty sure there is currently a Magooʻs Pizza trailer in the 76 service station next to Moiliili Library. When I first saw it (about one or two months ago), I thought it might be in for repairs, or serious renovation. But after seeing it there week after week, it seemed to me it might be open for business. However, Iʻve never seen anyone ordering from their open window, or any activities next to it. Does anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honoruru View Post
    Iʻm pretty sure there is currently a Magooʻs Pizza trailer in the 76 service station next to Moiliili Library. When I first saw it (about one or two months ago), I thought it might be in for repairs, or serious renovation. But after seeing it there week after week, it seemed to me it might be open for business. However, Iʻve never seen anyone ordering from their open window, or any activities next to it. Does anyone know?
    In addition to the Magoo's truck near Moiliili Library, Magoo's is also serving food at the location of Arnold's (http://www.arnoldswaikiki.com/). I know Analog plays acoustic there, though the website obviously hasn't been updated to reflect that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    As you can see by the banner in front, Tropic Fish & Vegetable Center in Ward Farmer's Market will close for good, March 31, 2008.
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    pomai, thanks for posting that note. i was going to but i see that you've already done it and with great pics, too!

    i'll miss that place...
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    I did go to MAPLE GARDEN last night. Ordered cold ginger chicken, Mongolian beef, and Maple Garden tofu along with rice and tea. Got the complimentary almond float.

    Heard that the owner passed away, so his widow sold the business. I'll give the new owners a try when they re-open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpacific View Post
    I did go to MAPLE GARDEN last night.
    Heard that the owner passed away, so his widow sold the business.
    I used to work at where Robert Hsu (Maple Garden owner) lived.
    He would never let me buy my lunches and truly surprised my wife and I by giving us a wonderful, very special...
    10th wedding anniversary dinner.
    Of course I would always tip big for his staff!

    I'll miss the Maple Garden, but Robert Hsu more.
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    missed an opportunity a few days ago to take a picture of the old varsity theater (was in a rush); the screen area was still standing and everything else had been torn down. wish i could have taken that shot.

    was in the area today and so took a few pictures. attached is a picture of what it looked like on thursday afternoon (facing diamond head). gonna miss that place....
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    Robert Hsu of Maple Garden always greeted customers at the entrance. So, his absence was a little strange last week.

    He was a nice man and will be missed ............

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaveice View Post
    missed an opportunity a few days ago to take a picture of the old varsity theater (was in a rush); the screen area was still standing and everything else had been torn down. wish i could have taken that shot.

    was in the area today and so took a few pictures. attached is a picture of what it looked like on thursday afternoon (facing diamond head). gonna miss that place....
    Varsity Theater: lots of memories of that place. Last 2 movies I saw there were Being John Malkovich and Tao of Steve in 1999.

    After high school me and a few friends snuck some baby Lowenbraus in and we watched Flash Gordon in 1980. I set down an empty bottle on the floor and accidently knocked it over and my firends laughed at me as we heard it roll all the way down to the front.

    In 1987 I took a blind date there who later became my girlfriend. As we stood in line she told me that we were "Set up" so her girl friend could get info from me if her boyfriend (my coworker) was fooling around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    Maple Gardens...I remember that verryyy hot dish they served the table next to us. So spicy your eyes watered if you were downwind.
    I remember eating at Maple Garden a long time ago, and we never went back. The reason was that during the meal, we saw 2-3 different large cockroaches scurry out from behind the big painting they had hanging on the wall.

    Now as a frequent customer of many restaurants, I don't pretend to think that cockroaches don't exist in restaurants, but I have never been anywhere else where I saw three 2 inch long roaches crawling around the walls of the dining area where you eat.

    Pretty disgusting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dyasu View Post
    I remember eating at Maple Garden a long time ago, and we never went back. The reason was that during the meal, we saw 2-3 different large cockroaches scurry out from behind the big painting they had hanging on the wall.

    Now as a frequent customer of many restaurants, I don't pretend to think that cockroaches don't exist in restaurants, but I have never been anywhere else where I saw three 2 inch long roaches crawling around the walls of the dining area where you eat.

    Pretty disgusting.
    So that begs to question: Would you go back to eat at Sekiya's?

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    another goner is ilima award winner, baja tacos on st. louis drive. eric & i mourn its passing, bcs it was much more interesting to eat there than at bc burrito. we didn't even get a chance to try their sopes! the culinary loss in honolulu of their adobadas & carnitas is worth a weep.

    *weeps*

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpacific View Post
    I did go to MAPLE GARDEN last night. Ordered cold ginger chicken, Mongolian beef, and Maple Garden tofu along with rice and tea. Got the complimentary almond float.

    Heard that the owner passed away, so his widow sold the business. I'll give the new owners a try when they re-open.

    according to erika engle in her column yesterday:http://starbulletin.com/2008/05/09/business/engle.html

    the "old" maple garden will be opening today with the owners of the yen king restaurant using that name but their recipes. you might remember yen king from their operation out at kahala mall which was forced to close to make way for whole foods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AbsolutChaos View Post
    In addition to the Magoo's truck near Moiliili Library, Magoo's is also serving food at the location of Arnold's (http://www.arnoldswaikiki.com/). I know Analog plays acoustic there, though the website obviously hasn't been updated to reflect that.
    Arnold's no longer serves Magoo pizza. Not sure if that will change in the future.

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    Mi Casa Taqueria will be closing next month. I believe their last day of operation is July 13. The owners are looking for a new location, but in the meantime, they are planing a well-earned vacation for themselves after the Monserrat location closes.

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