HONOLULU (KHON2) — After 26 years of business, Gordon Biersch at Aloha Tower has been closed for good.
Known for its live music and oceanfront view, customers and even some employees we spoke with were surprised to find out that last night was the restaurant’s final night of business.
Those who showed up on Sunday, February 9, found a flyer on the door.
“Today was my schedule,” said Employee Ishwari Oli. “And my boss called, it was all of a sudden. It was already closed. You can come without your uniform and talk to the other boss.”
“Well, actually I wanted to take a walk down here because I felt like it was a hoax of some kind,” said customer Kim Manning. “We ate dinner here last night and no one said a thing. There was a birthday party going, there was music. And you know, I’ve been eating here for 20 years. So it was shocking.”
Hawaii Pacific University owns Aloha Tower.
In a statement, they said they were surprised to learn that Gordon Biersch had shut down operations and is apparently leaving Hawaii.
They said contrary to some comments on social media, there were no current lease negotiations with HPU.
Hawaii Pacific University was surprised to learn today that Gordon Biersch, a tenant at the university’s Aloha Tower Marketplace, has shut down operations and is apparently leaving Hawaii.
Contrary to some comments on social media, there were no current lease negotiations with HPU.
While the move was unexpected, it cannot be considered a surprise. Gordon Biersch has been closing locations across the mainland, including last year in Buckhead, Buffalo, Mission Valley, Seattle, Scottsdale, and Tempe.
The shut-down of its Honolulu location would appear to be in keeping with the challenges facing Gordon Biersch, and similar to trends in other areas of the economy. HPU, in the meantime, is already receiving inquiries about the prime space on Honolulu Harbor.Hawaii Pacific University