September 26, 2013
KAILUA – Crepes No Ka ‘Oi, a popular spot for crepes in Kailua, will move to a larger space by early January. The new restaurant, to be located at 143 Hekili St. in Kailua Town, will be approximately 1,118 square feet and will add almost 50 percent to the present seating capacity. Kaneohe Ranch is currently renovating the 143 Hekili St. building to make room for new tenants.
“The decision has really been a team effort with a lot of encouragement from our regulars to move to a bigger space,” said Chris Tarvyd, part-owner and operator of the restaurant. “Fortunately, we have been received so wonderfully and kindly, so we’d like to listen to our customers.”
The customer base at Crepes No Ka ‘Oi is a mix of local residents and tourists. While the restaurant has seen a lot more Japanese visitors lately and has translated its menu for them, Tarvyd said there are many customers who make the drive to the Windward side from Waianae, the North Shore and Honolulu. They also see visitors coming from the mainland, Australia, Italy and France.
Kimo Steinwascher, executive vice president and chief operating office of Kaneohe Ranch, said the larger space also will include more outdoor seating and a permanent location for Crepes. “Customers love Crepes No Ka ‘Oi. It has been a wonderful addition to our Kailua community,” he said.
At its new location, Crepes No Ka ‘Oi plans to increase the size of its menu by 20 to 30 percent with tasty new creations. There are also plans to get a liquor license to make it possible to serve mimosas at brunch time.
Tarvyd and his wife Rosario “Kakay” Tarvyd were inspired to start making crepes while attending a farmers market. They noticed that nobody was selling crepes at fairs and festivals on Oahu. It was perhaps no coincidence that some of the couple’s first dates had been at a creperie in the Philippines. Crepes No Ka ‘Oi began not as a restaurant but by establishing a presence at major community events. The overwhelming response they received led to their opening the restaurant.
The most popular breakfast item is the Ultimate Breakfast Crepe made with bacon, cheese, poached egg and a handful of other ingredients. For lunch, customers are gravitating toward the new Eiffel Tower made with Brie cheese, apple slices, macadamia nuts and more, while the Berry Heavenly crepe remains a favorite dessert with three different types of fresh berries. While crepes are the restaurant’s specialty, Crepes No Ka ‘Oi also offers a creative and robust menu of gourmet teas.
Crepes No Ka ‘Oi plans to remain active in the community with a booth at several events throughout the year. It will also continue offering catering services.
After its move, Crepes No Ka ‘Oi will be located in suite 130 of the renovated 143 Hekili Street property. Neighboring tenants will include Peet’s Coffee & Tea and swimwear boutique Splash! Hawaii.
Kaneohe Ranch manages the real estate owned by the family business entities of Harold K.L. Castle and Alice H. Castle and their nonprofit charitable foundation, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation. The portfolio consists of major landholdings in Kailua as well as other properties on Oahu and the U.S. mainland. The Kailua properties include commercial, retail, office, industrial and residential leasehold parcels.
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