Times Coffee Shop At Koolau Center

Wednesday - December 03, 2008
By Kerry Miller
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Maria Dela Cruz, Bridget Antonio and Aimee Watanabe show off a few of the popular breakfast dishes at Times Coffee Shop. Photo by Leah Ball, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Times Coffee Shop joined the collection of eateries at Koolau Center when the well-known Windward restaurant opened its doors Nov. 19.

After losing the lease last March at its former location across from Windward Mall, Times’ co-owners Philip Low and Sharon DiPrete closed the restaurant and went in search of a new home.

“We were actually approached by the leasing agent (of Koolau Center) at the time,” recalled DiPrete. “We figured it was close enough to the old location, and lot of our customers do come from this area.” While the new space is “a lot smaller” than the old one, DiPrete said she thinks it will be manageable and is very glad to be open again.


“We’re excited, a little nervous just with the economy and stuff. It’s not the best timing, but we’re going to give it a shot. We’re getting quite a few phone calls (saying) ‘thank you for opening.’”

Times offers its familiar menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items (plus their special fried rice) all day long, and the restaurant is open five nights a week, which DiPrete said is a departure from their old location. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Phone is 247-2200.

DiPrete also is happy to welcome back most her staff from the Kaneohe restaurant, as well as two new workers. “Most of our employees did manage to hang on and some did find other jobs, but they turned in their two-week notice and they coming here with us, plus a couple of new girls. It’s really nice, because we were out for a while.”

Other restaurants at Koolau Center include Lee’s BBQ, Koolau Drive Inn, Pizza Hut, Subway, McDonald’s and Temple Valley Chinese Kitchen.

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