The good news is, Cafe 808 has finally reopened in its latest incarnation at 1476 Honoapiilani Hwy. in Waikapu.
The bad news, at least for those who wish to dine there, is that it's takeout and catering only, with in-house dining launching next year.
Upcountry residents fondly remember the original Cafe 808 where Kula Bistro is now located across from Morihara Store.
Owner Aaron Heath (center), is flanked by his son, Brandon Heath and daughter Heather Heath, who run the back and front of the house, respectively.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Aaron Heath brought all of his favorites down country for diners to savor. His son and daughter both serve as managers.
"Our signature dish is the mahimahi a la 808," says daughter Heather Heath, who runs the front of the house. "It's got mushrooms, tomatoes, capers and garlic-butter sauce with one scoop of mac salad and two scoops of rice."
Aaron's son, Brandon Heath, cooks in the back of the house and says the "hamburger steak with onions and mushrooms; and the Thai chicken crunch salad fly out of the kitchen," rating high on the popularity list with regulars and newbies.
Open daily for breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m., Cafe 808 lets you wake up to loco moco, corned beef hash and eggs, banana pancakes, frittatas, Benedicts, burritos and the fun, Dr. Seuss-like green eggs served with smoked salmon, instead of ham.
Lunch and dinner are both served anytime from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with top sellers being mochiko chicken, kalbi short ribs, saimin and curry stew. On Fridays, Hawaiian plates reign.
The team at Cafe 808 would be happy to cater your holiday party. The biggest job so far was for 600 people, and nothing is too small.
The full catering menu is available at www.facebook.com/cafe808. Or call 270-1540.