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Pair to open pizzeria in Shaka Tacos space


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POSTED: Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A father and son are set to open a pizzeria and sandwich shop next month in the space left vacant when Shaka Tacos shut its doors Friday in Kapaa, Kauai.

Jerry and Jason Keller, originally of Los Angeles, signed a two-year lease last week to open Casa Bianca, said C.W. Boggs, whose firm had been searching for a viable tenant for about a year and a half.

“;This will be their first business in the islands, but they have lots of previous restaurant experience,”; Boggs said.

Boggs said he began searching for a new tenant for the Shaka Tacos space after owner Al Alamodian broke the terms of his lease.

“;It was a foregone conclusion that they wouldn't make it,”; Boggs said.

Shaka Tacos was the first restaurant venture for Alamodian, who is better known on the Garden Isle as a musician than a businessman. Some say that the restaurant, which opened in 2007 as a haven for musicians and music lovers, would have performed better if it had gotten a liquor license.

Boggs is more confident that the Kellers, who have been in construction on Kauai for about three years and were affiliated with a couple of California restaurants, have the right ideas and plans to make their business work even in a down market.

“;They know what they are doing—you have to in this economy,”; Boggs said. “;I think they have a good game plan.”; Renovations are under way on Casa Bianca, which will reopen shortly with a new look and a liquor license, he said.