**DISCLAIMER: Please note that New Uptown Fountain has closed as of December 2007.**
It’s a sad fact that a lot of mom-and-pop institutions are closing and we’re seeing it more and more as these big chains are launching in Hawaii. One great way to keep these local haunts is to venture out and visit them.
After Bourdain’s Hawaii episode aired, it seems like a lot of people are wondering where new uptown fountain is. It is actually located in Liliha at 522 N. School Street. As you’re driving on School Street (heading west), it’ll be on your right after you pass the Liliha Street intersection. It’s easy to drive past, but look for the vintage sign by the street.
When the producers and I were at the restaurant in December, the owners had told us that they would be closing at the end of the year. It’s a sad truth to the ongoing saga of mom-and-pop stores and restaurants around Hawaii. As big box retailers and mainland restaurant chains open shop in Hawaii, the local institutions are slowly closing their doors. It’s the same story in a lot of historic destinations. I really wish that visitors could step out of their hotels more on whichever island you may be on. Really explore what Hawaii is all about…from the local culture to the local cuisine.
Okay, I digress. Back to New Uptown Fountain. Yes they did provide Bourdain and David Choo a big amount of food. Lunch started off with some fresh papaya…apparently the restaurant was known for it. The SPAM menu followed with SPAM musubi (made with fried rice and nori); SPAM omelette on top of rice with curry and kim chee; SPAM, eggs, and rice; loco moco with gravy, saimin with pieces of SPAM; extra slices of SPAM, mahi mahi; chicken tofu; homemade chili; and chop steak. All this was topped off with a nice cold can of Aloha Maid’s guava juice.
Boy, I feel really sick just writing about all these food. If you’re really craving some of these local dishes, be sure to pick up Watermark Publishing’s “The Puka Guide: Oahu’s Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants”. Be sure to visit my blog again when I post about my favorite spots to eat in Hawaii and all the places I travel to.