Zippy's alters hours at some of its locations


POSTED: Monday, March 09, 2009

Fewer Zippy's restaurants are 24-hour operations, as the company has curtailed hours at some locations.

While the Ala Moana and Pearlridge stores have long observed mall hours, other locations have reduced hours — primarily of indoor, table-service operations.

Counter service is still available 24 hours a day at most stores.

“;We wanted to make sure we were matching the needs of our customers with hours of operation,”; said Paul Yokota, chief operating officer.

Cost savings will be a benefit, he said.

Nobody who frequents the Makiki location need worry it will be unavailable for post-nightclubbing noshing.

“;That has to remain open 24 hours,”; Yokota said.

“;I used to go there, too, at 3 o'clock in the morning. I don't do that anymore,”; he chuckled.

Changes vary by store. “;Those operations that had a good customer base on a 24-hour basis in the restaurant, we kept the restaurant open,”; he said.

“;Dining habits have changed a little bit — people are not being out so late at night.”;

Some areas have two Zippy's — if one is closed, the other is still serving, he said.

Speaking of which, it is a curiosity that the William Henry Road Zippy's in Kaneohe remains open.

“;We have asked that question of ourselves as well,”; Yokota said.

It was established as a temporary spot in 2001 when Zippy's Kaneohe was torn down for rebuilding. It reopened and Kaneohe has two Zippy's.

“;It has its own little following.”; Customers “;take such great ownership of the stores — we're very proud of that,”; Yokota said.

Waipahu Zippy's will be able to re-establish its 24-hour following upon reopening March 23.


Zippy's new hours

» Kahala — Fast food: 24 hours daily. Restaurant: Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 24 hours

» Kailua — Fast food: 24 hours daily. Restaurant: Sunday through Thursday 6 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 24 hours.

» Kalihi — Sunday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to midnight.

» Kaneohe — Fast food: 24 hours daily. Restaurant: 6 a.m. to midnight daily.

» Waimalu — 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

» Wm. Henry Road, Kaneohe — 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

'Round-the-clock counter-service:

» Dillingham, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Makiki, McCully, Mililani, Vineyard, Waiau