I found this link from the Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov. I am planning to establish a restaurant/take out specializing in Hawaiian Plate Lunches. I grew up in Hawaii eating plate lunches, musubi, kalbi, chicken katsu, etc. The plate lunch consists of two scopes of white (sticky rice), two entrees of BBQ chicken, Teriyaki short ribs, Mahi-mahi, shrimp, chicken katsu (breaded boneless fried chicken), and mac salad. During the plantation days in Hawaii, Filipinos, Hawaiians, Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Portuguese, etc., brought their specialties to the islands.
I am currently residing in San Antonio, TX due to Army Reserve deployment and I`ve seen quite a few of the Tex-Mex eateries. However, there also Asian restaurants such as Panda Express, Wok, and other buffet type. I have not seen a restaurant that serves Lau-lau, Kalua, chicken katsu, etc. since I moved in San Antonio.
Is there anyone or know of anyone attempted to start similar type of restaurant in San Antonio and Austin, TX? If all goes well, there will be four high school partners from Hawaii opening one this summer of 2007. All have operated successful franchise in Hawaii and Seattle area and all earned degrees in Business Ad, Political Science, and Information Systems. Your replies will be greatly appreciated.