Friday, June 30, 2000
Former Bow inBy Dave Reardon
charge of Aloha Stadium
The last time Peter Kim was a major player at Aloha Stadium, he was kicking for the University of Hawaii football team in 1978.
The Kaiser High School graduate returns in another prominent, but very different, role Aug. 1 as the owner of the stadium's concession contract.
Kim, who started Yummy Korean Bar-B-Q in 1987 and has since built it into "eight different food concepts," was awarded a 10-year contract by the state last week to provide food and beverage at stadium events.
Aramark Leisure Services holds the contract that expires at the end of the month.
"We're going to try to bring a lot of changes to the stadium food," Kim said. "Since we're doing so many different multiethnic foods now, it gave us confidence and motivated us to do the stadium bid."
Kim hopes to complete a first phase of renovation by Aug. 18, the date of the first high school football games at the stadium this year.
Booths will offer many of Kim's established items from Yummy's Express, Lahaina Chicken and other restaurants.
Kim said standard stadium fare such as hot dogs and hamburgers, along with "contemporary local food" will be sold at two booths called Bear's Drive Inn -- named after Paul "Bear" Bryant, the legendary coach whom Kim played for at Alabama after transferring from UH.
Kim said the contract includes beverage sales, which he will coordinate with Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawaii, Paradise Beverages and Pepsi-Cola Hawaii.