HONOLULU (KHON) - Zippy's, a longtime local favorite, has been around Hawaii for over half a century ... but the chain is just now going to open its first location outside of the Hawaiian Islands.
The new spot? Las Vegas, Nevada.
Today, the company distributed a Request for Proposal to Las Vegas commercial real estate owners and brokers, outlining the space requirements for a Zippy's stand alone location. If all goes as planned, the new restaurant will open in early 2019 and will be the 25th Zippy's restaurant in the nation.
"For many years, we have been asked to expand Zippy's to the mainland, and we believe that the Zippy's brand will be well-received in Las Vegas," said Zippy's CEO Jason Higa. "The city is a natural fit for our brand given the significant number of Hawaii transplants in the area and we believe it is the ideal choice for our first location outside of Hawaii."
Zippy's is known for its signature chili, Zip Pac bentos, and local plate lunches.
The first location to ever open was on South King Street, more than 51 years ago.