That’s right. A year after first announcing their intent to open a Vegas location, it’s now official. Zippys restaurant is coming to Las Vegas!
When the restaurant of Hawaii made its initial announcement, the hope was to open their Las Vegas shop in 2019. Unfortunately, that doesn’t look like it’ll happen. After all, until lat last week, we didn’t hear of any project updates since Zippy’s first announcement. So the likelihood of anything opening in 2019 became more and more remote as time passed. But, now we know why.
Las Vegas Location
According to the restaurant’s press release, the scope of their first Las Vegas location changed substantially since the original announcement. Not only will the first Vegas location be a restaurant, but it’ll be a regional kitchen too. As a result, a site large enough to accommodate the 7,000 square foot and 12,000 square foot production facility needed to be acquired.
The site Zippy’s purchased is in Southwest Las Vegas on the corner of Badura Avenue and Montessouri Street near Home Depot. That’s an interesting choice, if you ask me, as it’s pretty far from the rest of Vegas. It’s 13 miles away from downtown Las Vegas and Summerlin and 17 miles away from Henderson, all places Hawaii people visit or live. But, the area around Zippy’s first Las Vegas location is filled with residential developments.
Why This Spot?
While the initial location doesn’t make the most sense to me, Zippy’s has a good reason for choosing it. According to company CEO, Jason Higa, the site is near the 215 Beltway, providing an efficient transportation hub for reaching the rest of Las Vegas. So that means that, not only will it be easy for customers to reach the restaurant, but it’ll make it easy for delivery trucks to reach other locations.
That’s right. The purpose of the central kitchen is to serve a number of locations around Las Vegas. Where those locations will be and when they’ll open, though, is yet to be determined.
Zippys Restaurant is Coming to Las Vegas, Final Thoughts
I’m sure Hawaii expats in Vegas are looking forward to the opening of their first Las Vegas location. Finally, they’ll be able to get Zippy’s famous chili, Korean Chicken, saimin, and Napoleon’s Bakery Apple Napples, among other items, without having to come back to Hawaii. And I’m sure some visiting from Hawaii will end up there before or after their flights.
Me? I avoid going to places I can eat at home when traveling outside of Hawaii. Especially since Vegas has so many great restaurants that we don’t have in Hawaii, such as Jaleo by Jose Andres, Milk Bar, and Shake Shack. But for those of you not from Hawaii, I encourage you to give Hawaii’s favorite restaurant a try. This is food real locals eat on the daily.