Last orders in at Archie’s

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

FIRST PHOTO: Loyal customers pose for a photo on the last night of Archie’s restaurant in Wailuku on Saturday. The longtime local favorite closed its doors after 49 years in business as owners Margie and Tom Albete shift to other endeavors. Both were hustling in the kitchen Saturday, working to keep up with demand from a steady flow of customers wanting to sample their favorite dishes one last time. “It’s bittersweet, but I think aunty and uncle want to move on with their lives and they deserve it,” said waitress Aya Sutton. “We appreciate all the love people have given us, but it’s time to move on in life.”

SECOND PHOTO: Third-generation staffer Melanie Barreras serves dinner to Shelley Blackburn and her children Kamaehu, 6, and Teirina, 4, on Saturday. Barreras, the daughter of restaurant owners Margie and Tom Albete, said she has been working in Archie’s “forever.” The restaurant was founded by her grandfather Archie Tanaka and featured recipes from her grandmother Hifumi Tanaka.

THIRD PHOTO: A steaming bowl of Nobeyaki Udon is served up Saturday.

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