Kenny’s Lends a Helping Hand With Discounted PricesColumns Lite Bites
August 18, 2013
Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
What better way to end a great meal than with a bill less than what you thought it would be? For the past three weeks, that’s what’s been happening to customers at Kenny’s Restaurant in Kalihi, where select breakfast items were offered at a discounted price of up to 10 percent off.
It’s Kenny’s way of giving back to the community, and helping everyday people who are used to seeing prices go up and not down. The response from customers has been so positive that the restaurant is now extending its helping-hand promotion for another three weeks, as well as expanding it to Kenny’s sandwiches, burgers and salads menu. The dishes that will be discounted have already been designated, but they’re not marked on the menu, so customers won’t know until they get their bill. However, managers say that about 75 percent (of breakfast items, sandwiches, burgers and salads) are part of the special. And if it continues to do well after Sept. 7, they’ll look at extending it again, as well as adding entrees.
Since opening in 1966, Kenny’s Restaurant has become an iconic dining landmark, conveniently located at the corner of Likelike Highway and School Street in Kamehameha Shopping Center. Known for its tasty American- and local-style comfort food, the family-friendly restaurant also opened a smaller location in 2008 called Kenny’s Hawaiian Barbecue in the food court of Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki.
Throughout the years, the restaurant has built a loyal following of customers, who return again and again for Kenny’s original food. But there are also some new creations that have quickly taken off.
Shrimp Burger ($9.95), which was the idea of one of the restaurant’s supervisors, features deep-fried breaded shrimp and fresh coleslaw on a toasted sesame seed bun topped with a special tartar sauce, and served with a pickle, french fries and tossed salad.
There’s also Kenny’s Bento ($14.95) with miso ahi, tsukemono, scrambled eggs, Spam, sashimi and furikake rice with pickled ginger served with miso soup.
Longtime customers who may remember Kenny’s Burgerhouse, which opened in Kamehameha Shopping Center before Kenny’s Restaurant came to be, may also remember the popular Porky Boy. Well, Kenny’s has brought back Porky Boy ($9.95) made with fresh roast pork and Kenny’s special teriyaki sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun with mayonnaise topped with lettuce, tomato and sweet onions, and served with a pickle and french fries.
With its good food and friendly staff, Kenny’s has always put its customers first, and this new helping-hand promotion is just one more way of showing it.
Kamehameha Shopping Center
1620 N. School St.
Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 6 a.m.-11 p.m.