L&L Hawaiian Barbeque has opened a new location at 3410 Palm Ave., making it Lollâ€™s 17th restaurant in San Diego.
The restaurant sells a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch, which consists of two servings of rice, a serving of macaroni salad and a hot entrÃ©e such as pulled pork, chicken or beef for under $6.
The 32-year-old Honolulu-based chain first came to the mainland in 1999 and rebranded itself from L&L Drive-Inn to L&L Hawaiian Barbeque.
Founders Johnson Kam and Eddie Flores Jr. believed that since plated meals would be unfamiliar to mainlanders, the new name would indicate a Hawaiian tradition.
Rudy Arucan has worked for the company for three years and opened the Otay Mesa store in February.
â€œWe have been open for three weeks, and my cousin and I are planning to open up one more store in Carmel Mountain this spring,â€ said Arucan, who added he gathered the startup capital for his business through personal savings and family loans. His cousin opened the first San Diego L&L location in National City six years ago.
Costs of opening a new franchise include an average of $350,000, depending on a storeâ€™s square-footage and location, and the companyâ€™s franchising fee is $35,000, said Arucan.