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Old-school barbecue joint expands west

Cashier Christy Burns hands over an order to a customer at Bob’s Bar-B-Que’s new Kapolei location.

By Maria Kanai

Bob’s Bar-B-Que has been around for a long time, sitting at the corner of Waiakamilo and Dillingham since 1978. It’s a neighborhood icon for Kalihi with its signature yellow sign — a mom-and-pop store known for its homestyle, local plates. The eatery expanded last month with its newest location in Kapolei across from Walmart.

Along with pleasing appetites and spreading customer satisfaction, the eatery is also on the lookout for people to join its team as soon as possible.

“Our kitchen itself is really busy and since we just opened in January, we’re looking for some more man power,” said Ryoji Soranaka, partner. “We’re looking to hire and fill many positions.”

Head cook Li Qinhai grills up hibachi chicken.

The space itself is small, so employees may need to multitask, shared Soranaka. While experience in the restaurant and food industry is always a plus, Soranaka personally always focuses on a person’s character and values that should shine in an interview.

“The most important thing for someone to succeed at Bob’s is to be reliable and commit to schedules,” he mentioned. “It’s also important for an employee to be willing to learn as they go.”

There’s also potential room for growth — Soranaka’s approach and strategy for the new Bar-B-Que location and its future. Although the second location only just opened, his long-term vision is to see the franchise grow and to open more stores around the island.

Burns, Qinhai, manager Cleo Wada and Candi Maldonado are ready to serve patrons their favorite barbecue dishes.

“It’d be great to hire someone who can understand the big picture — someone who is willing to work their way up from the beginning and understand the business from inside out,” he emphasized.

The takeaway? Be ambitious. “Kapolei is a growing neighborhood,” Soranaka continued. “We’re excited to be part of an area that’s also expanding.”

The new Kapolei locale is already popular, boasting some of the same delicious menu items that draws crowds at Dillingham: kalbi shortribs, burgers, hamburger steak and hibachi chicken. Long-time fans will be relieved to know that flavors haven’t changed, such as the homemade Bob’s Bar-B-Que teriyaki sauce that is still the same. Newcomers might want to try the Super Combo plate, which has a little of everything Bob’s is famous for: beef and baby back ribs, kalbi, teri beef, teri chicken, three scoops of rice and two scoops of mac salad.

What’s more, venture to Oahu’s west side for new dishes available only at the Kapolei location, such as shoyu chicken, beef stew, pork adobo, roast pork and garlic popcorn chicken.

Interested candidates are welcome to email their applications at ogo.onoloa@gmail.com.

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THE 411

COMPANY: Bob’s Bar-B-Que

LOCATION: 91-710 Farrington Hwy., Ste. B120 (and in Kalihi)

PHONE: 674-9999

WEBSITE: bobsbarbque.com

EMPLOYEES: 10 to 12

NOTEWORTHY: For the rest of the month of February, there will be a 50-percent-off grand opening special when patrons order Bob’s Bar-B-Que’s hibachi chicken meal at the Kapolei location.

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