Updated on April 28, 2023
WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS!
It’s been awhile since our last update, but we’ve made huge progress at our new Vegas location near South Rainbow at the 215! Construction is nearing its end, key management staff have been training in Hawaii for a number of months, and the artwork on the side of the building is done. But, there’s still much more work to be done.
While the building may appear complete, supply chain issues prevent us from announcing an opening date. This is as frustrating to us as it is to our fans in Las Vegas. Specifically, electrical equipment is on backorder around the globe. While we have temporary power to the building for work lights and security equipment, permanent power connections are still some time away until we receive the proper equipment. Once received , we can get the power company to permanently electrify our commissary and restaurant operations.
We have hired more than a dozen key personnel and they have been training in our Hawaii locations for a number of months. As we gain clarity around our opening dates, we will begin hiring for many other positions, like waithelp, counterhelp, cooks, bakers, and more. Please monitor this page to see when we will start hiring.
Lastly, we are so excited to see the mural on the side of our building come to life! Artists Jeff Gress and Kamea Hadar are part of the Hawaii artists’ collective called World Wide Walls (formerly Pow! Wow! Hawaii). You’ve seen their art around Kaka‘ako, as well as buildings around Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Israel, Guam, Long Beach, San Jose, Washington, DC, and Worcester, MA. But, they are still “local boys” who love Hawaii – and Zippy’s! We are honored to have Gress and Kamea’s art adorn our building as a beacon of aloha to Las Vegas.
Be sure to watch this page for more updates. And don’t forget that we hope that anyone that exudes the spirit of Hawaii will apply to join our ‘ohana!
Updated on August 22, 2022
ZIPPY’S RESTAURANTS RESUMES CONSTRUCTION AND IS HIRING
Zippy’s Restaurants plans for Las Vegas are well under way at the site selected at the corner of Badura Avenue and Montessouri Street in the southwest quadrant of Las Vegas. Construction restarted earlier this summer and is expected to continue throughout the year. No opening date has been announced, as supply chain issues related to construction materials and kitchen equipment have made estimating a date difficult.
Additionally, Zippy’s hired its first cohort of Vegas-based managers who started their training in Honolulu in early August. A second cohort of Vegas-based managers is set to arrive in September to begin their training as well. We are still looking for experienced kitchen managers, so if you have great back-of-house management experience, please apply.
All of our managers will return to Vegas after they complete their training cycles. They will be recruiting for all other positions, so we will have an announcement of further hiring later this year. We hope that anyone that exudes the spirit of Hawaii will apply to join our ‘ohana (family)!
Zippy’s is excited to become part of the fabric of Las Vegas and more updates will be posted when information becomes available.
Originally announced April 30, 2020
Today, Zippy’s Restaurants announced a pause in the Las Vegas debut of Hawaii’s favorite diner. The company’s first location outside of Hawaii was initially planning to open at the end of 2020.
“The COVID-19 situation has affected our ability to move forward with new store openings as we focus on keeping the existing operations healthy,” said Paul Yokota, president of FCH Enterprises, parent entity of Zippy’s. “We own the parcel where we intend to open our first location, and we’ve identified a number of other sites for future locations as well. We have already made a substantial real estate investment in Las Vegas, so we are definitely coming to the market – just a bit later than anyone would have liked.”
Zippy’s has yet to identify a new opening date.
It was previously announced that Zippy’s purchased a parcel of land at the corner of Badura Avenue and Montessouri Street in Southwest Las Vegas, to build its first location, as well as a commissary operation to prepare food for future locations throughout Southern Nevada.
Yokota adds, “We had building plans and were about to complete a construction award to a general contractor when the city-wide shutdowns paused much of the economies of Las Vegas, Hawaii, and the nation. So, when we are able to focus on our expansion again, we will move quickly. We thank our many rabid fans in Las Vegas for their patience and understanding as they anxiously await our arrival.”
The flagship Zippy’s location is designed by MC Architects of Honolulu, Hawaii. Architecture services are provided by RWA Architects from Las Vegas, Nevada. Construction project management is provided by Trek Commercial Development of Meridian, Idaho.
Originally announced March 30, 2019
Las Vegas has been waiting patiently since the announcement last year that Zippy’s Restaurants was going to open a location on the “Ninth Island.” Now, the new location is one step closer to reality with the purchase of vacant land in southwest Las Vegas. The site is located at the northeast corner of Badura Avenue and Montessouri Street. The site is currently undeveloped and Zippy’s is expected to build a 7,000 square foot restaurant, take-out, and retail bakery, in addition to a 12,000 square foot central kitchen/bakery to support future growth in Las Vegas.
“The location in southwest Las Vegas is ideal for Zippy’s Restaurants,” says CEO Jason Higa. “This area is burgeoning with residential housing. In addition, the location near the 215 Beltway will provide an efficient transportation hub for our central production facility to support the additional Zippy’s stores to open in other parts of Las Vegas.”
The land was purchased from Laurich Properties, founded by chairman Hank Gordon, and currently led by president Richard Gordon. Richard Gordon states, “Laurich Properties is excited to welcome such an iconic Hawaii brand to Las Vegas and we wish them great success.” The new location will require extensive site improvements and the construction of a central kitchen and bakery, which adds considerable complexity beyond a standard restaurant build. Therefore, the opening of Zippy’s Restaurants is now expected in the later half of 2020.