BY CHELSEA JENSEN | WEST HAWAII TODAY
All good things must come to an end.
Drysdale's Two in Keauhou will close its doors to patrons this evening following more than 25 years of service, said Kelly Drysdale, who manages the sports bar and restaurant. She spoke about the closing on behalf of her mother, Ginger Drysdale, who owns the restaurant.
"We've had really good times both financially and in spirit, but like many things in life, all good things must come to an end," Kelly Drysdale said. "The lease was up for renewal, and the economy is really ugly -- that's the bottom line."
Drysdale's will be open from 10 a.m. until at least 9:30 p.m. this evening, with the possibility of the kitchen remaining open up until 2 a.m. Thursday, when the restaurant's bar stops serving alcohol, she said.
Some 35 employees will be affected by the closure, however, all will be eligible for unemployment compensation, she said, and added it is unlikely the restaurant will reopen, "but never say never."
"Our employees are the best crew you could ever possibly imagine. We've been through thick and thin," she said. "We've also had some fabulous and loyal customers all these years and we are truly grateful."
Ginger and her late husband, Don Drysdale, opened the Keauhou Shopping Center venue in 1985, following six years running the Drysdale's Club 53, a restaurant which operated from 1979 through 2009 in the Kona Inn Shopping Village, Kelly Drysdale said. The Drysdales have operated restaurants since 1962 in California, Maui and the Big Island, she added.
The sports bar and restaurant featured an eclectic offering of foods from around the globe, with dishes ranging from ostrich and buffalo burgers to scampi, escargot and fish and chips, she said.