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About L&L Hawaiian Barbeque

Johnson Kam and Eddie Flores Jr. started the first L&L Drive-Inn in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1976. They later began franchising in Hawaii, and then expanded to California, changing their name to L&L Hawaiian Barbecue to better appeal to mainland customers. Today they offer franchises throughout the U.S. and also has locations in Japan. L&L Restaurants serve their take on traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, fusing Asian and American cuisine.

Our commitment to the community is integral to our mission of spreading the spirit of aloha around the world.

Embeded into the brand by our founders, Eddie Flores and Johnson Kam, many of our franchisees, employees and stakeholders have contributed to this aspect of our business, and as a result to the overall success of the L&L brand.

We have been supportive of activities that promote a variety of areas including entrepreneurship, cultural diversity and education. From scholarships, participation in community events, and outreach to promote aloha in the communities, we are happy to see that our contributions have made a positive impact.


Diversity is at the core of L&L through our business – our cuisine and our people.

Through a genuine and authentic sense of aloha, rooted in our home here in Hawaii, we reflect our pride in the diversity of this special place. The aloha spirit encompasses the unique sense of inclusion and hospitality that has developed here over decades of celebrating what makes us different, embracing what connects us, and practicing a common respect for each other.

Many of our franchise owners come from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to live the American Dream and to live aloha every day through our restaurants. Additionally, numerous L&L employees throughout our franchise have been able to gain the confidence to thrive in a safe place that embraces differences, bringing it together through the aloha spirit.

For our efforts, L&L has been recognized as a leader in the local community. Recognition aside, L&L is proud to continue its commitment to celebrate this important piece of what makes our home of Hawaii and L&L special.

Over the years, L&L has contributed over 3 million dollars in financial support, goodwill and other resources through the L&L Foundation and the individual L&L locations. Additionally, many L&L locations have helped our youth by providing extracurricular work opportunities that provide real-world experience to supplement their educational experience with the hope to nurture thriving and contributing members for the communities that L&L has locations. From scholarships, endowments, educational lectures, and other educational activities, L&L has demonstrated that a commitment to education is as robust and flexible as the minds of those working towards their educational goals.

Company Founded


Current Leadership

Elisia Flores, CEO

Started Franchising

1991 (30 years)

Total Number of Units

205 (as of 2020)

Part-Time / Full-Time

Full Time

How Much Does It Cost To Open A L&L Hawaiian Barbeque Franchise?

There are several costs associated with opening a L&L Hawaiian Barbeque franchise. There is typically a franchise fee set by the franchisor, which covers the costs of opening a franchise location. Some other commons fees include equipment fees, marketing fees, licensing fees, insurance, and taxes, to name a few.

Some franchises may have a weekly fee that the franchisee pays for operating a L&L Hawaiian Barbeque franchise. The weekly fee for opening a L&L Hawaiian Barbeque franchise is not specified.

The full breakdown of these fees can be found in the Financial Disclosure Document (FDD) provided to franchisees by the franchisor. The FDD report will contain additional information such as whether the franchise is renewable (L&L Hawaiian Barbeque Is Renewable) and does the franchise offer financing support (L&L Hawaiian Barbeque L&L Hawaiian Barbecue has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll).

L&L Hawaiian Barbeque Company Details

Here are some additional details about L&L Hawaiian Barbeque.

Parent Company L&L Franchise Inc.
Initial Investment $30,000
Net Worth Requirement $500,000 - $1,000,000
Royalty Fee 3-4%
Ad Royalty 1-2%
Cash Requirement $200,000 - $600,000
Term of Agreement 10 years
Absentee Ownership No
Run from Home No
Part Time No

Training and Support Offered By L&L Hawaiian Barbeque

L&L Hawaiian Barbeque offers several support options to its franchisees. With 205 (as of 2020) units, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque aims to provide support to each franchise owner to help them operate a successful franchise location. L&L Hawaiian Barbeque offers 120+ hours on the job training, 15+ hours classroom training, and No additional training.

Training and Support Offered

Here are the support options offered by L&L Hawaiian Barbeque.

On-The-Job Training 120+ hours
Classroom Training 15+ hours
Additional Training No
Ongoing Support
  • Purchasing Co-ops
  • Newsletter
  • Meetings & Conventions
  • Toll-Free Line
  • Grand Opening
  • Online Support
  • Security & Safety Procedures
  • Lease Negotiation
  • Field Operations
  • Site Selection
  • Proprietary Software
Marketing Support
  • Co-op Advertising
  • Ad Templates
  • National Media
  • Regional Advertising
  • Social Media
  • SEO
  • Website Development
  • Email Marketing
  • Loyalty Program/App
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Is L&L Hawaiian Barbeque Right For You?

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