When Johnson Kam and Eddie Flores Jr. introduced L&L to the U.S. mainland, they knew that most Californians were unfamiliar with the plate lunch. So they repackaged it as L&L Hawaiian Barbecue®.
Plate lunch – also known as “the state food of Hawaii” – dates back to wage laborers in 19th century sugar plantations and pineapple fields, who brought rice and other leftovers to work in compartmentalized tins. Lunches were often shared, resulting in a harmonious mix of home recipes from Japan, China, the Philippines, Portugal, Korea, and even New England.
In the early years, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue was a successful chain of drive-in restaurants with a reputation for serving fresh plate lunches throughout the Hawaiian islands. In late 1999, our founders – Johnson Kam and Eddie Flores, Jr. – introduced their signature, Asian and American fusion take on the classic plate lunch to the residents of California. Since then, the concept has found fans around the world and there are close to 200 L&L Hawaiian Barbecue restaurants in Hawaii, California, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Texas, New York, Tennessee, Guam and Japan. Needless to say, in addition to the fresh, culturally-commingling flavors of Hawaii, every L&L meal is infused with the warmth of aloha – the legendary spirit of welcome that makes every guest feel at home.
We owe our continued success to the franchisees who are a part of our growing global family. If you’re an entrepreneur with a vision and a passion for food, step up to the plate and join us in our mission to spread the Aloha spirit around the world.
OWN A FRANCHISE
When you’re part of the L&L ohana, you not only provide customers with delicious food.
You also share in our mission to spread the aloha spirit throughout the United States and the world at large.
Why Own an L&L Franchise?
As the owner of an L&L Hawaiian Barbecue restaurant, you’re part of a global chain with an international reputation for excellence, and you get the kind of support and experience that comes with it.
We provide extensive training programs and proven operating systems to help build your business. Our support team has the expertise to help you streamline operations and create a business that’s simple – and fun – to run.
Our marketing is sophisticated and memorable. We’re focused on growing your customer base and we continually create marketing campaigns that bring customers back to your restaurant again and again .