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Bob’s Big Bear Roars Back Into Action

By Kyle Galdeira Photos By Lawrence Tabudlo
February 2, 2014

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Nearly five years after a fire forced the closure of its Mapunapuna location, the restaurant formerly known as Bob’s Big Boy Hawaii is back and better than ever under its new moniker: Bob’s Big Bear Diner.

The popular family-friendly eatery originally opened in 1975, and was reborn two weeks ago at its Waipahu Town Center locale nestled at the crossroads of Waipahu, Ewa and Kapolei. The familiar “Big Boy” character has passed the torch to “Big Bear,” but customers still will recognize the same menu items available in a larger, more comfortable setting.

“We’ve come a long way, and it’s nice that we can have our regular customers from Mapunapuna come visit us in Waipahu,” says Yoli Kurihara, assistant head server and trainer at Bob’s Big Bear, and a member of the restaurant team for more than 25 years who actually helped the owner scout the new location. “I see great things happening for this restaurant. It’s such a blessing — it’s nice to be back again with our great crew,” Kurihara adds.

Bob’s Big Bear Diner offers a wide range of comfort food infused with local flavor, including the monstrous Sumo Bear Burger ($15.95). This behemoth of a meal offers up a 1-pound prime choice beef patty with cheese, lettuce and tomato between a 7-inch bun, served with french fries. Those who successfully tackle the entire Sumo Bear Burger get their picture displayed on the restaurant’s wall of fame.

A host of breakfast options help start the day off right, including Ribeye Steak and Eggs ($12.95), which features a lean 5-ounce ribeye steak broiled to perfection and served with crispy hash browns and two eggs.

Plate lunches and combo plates also satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Surf, Turf and Chicken ($11.95) is one of the signature combos available at Bob’s Big Bear Diner and includes beef stew, broiled mahi mahi and crispy, yet tender, mochiko chicken, along with two scoops of white or brown rice and a scoop of macaroni salad.

Desserts also rule the day at Bob’s Big Bear Diner, and customers rave about Hot Fudge Cake ($5.95), assorted Super Shakes ($4.95) available in vanilla, Oreo, chocolate or strawberry, and Jell-O Sundae ($2.50) — a special treat created by longtime manager Vicky Gasilos that is appropriately garnished with gummy bears.

“We offer friendly service in a family atmosphere, and customers are welcomed into our extended family,” Gasilos says.

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Bob’s Big Bear Diner

Waipahu Town Center
94-030 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu
Open daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.