L&L Hawaiian Barbeque Opens New Store In The South Bay

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L&L Hawaiian Barbeque has opened a new location at 3410 Palm Ave., making it Loll’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 entrée 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.

“We have been open for three weeks, and my cousin and I are planning to open up one more store in Carmel Mountain this spring,” 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 store’s square-footage and location, and the company’s franchising fee is $35,000, said Arucan.


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