After surviving several years in a difficult-to-get-to location, owners and operators of The Terrace Restaurant at Kauai Lagoons are closing down at the end of this month.
The restaurant, with a private dining room off to the side of an open-air setting, is popular for private parties, club meetings, and other special occasions.
John Berales, owner and operator of The Terrace, could not be reached for comment, but Jimmy Tokioka, a one-time partner in the venture, and Ron Kouchi, a spokesperson for new owners of the Kauai Lagoons property, confirmed that the restaurant would be shutting down.
Neither Kouchi nor Tokioka would discuss whether or not the restaurant is or was profitable.
But the end of The Terrace was near, regardless of a decision by Berales to close down the eatery, Kouchi said.
Within two years, when a new golf-course clubhouse is built near the existing driving range, the building housing The Terrace Restaurant, a golf pro shop, a starter’s area, and the golf-cart storage area, is scheduled to be torn down, said Kouchi.
“In two years or so, in the construction timetable, is when they anticipate finishing a new golf clubhouse, and the building where Terrace is to be razed,” Kouchi said.
Kouchi said Berales and Kevin Showe, manager of Kauai Development LLC, a partner with GolfBC in the Kauai Lagoons development, have been in discussion about continued delivery of food and beverage service to golfers.
Berales operates two concession carts delivering food and drinks to golfers while the linksters are on the 36 holes of the Mokihana and Kiele golf courses of Kauai Lagoons, Kouchi said.
The building where The Terrace Restaurant is located will need to remain in place until the new clubhouse is completed, Kouchi said.
“It has to be up and functioning as storage for carts and starter’s area until the new clubhouse is done,” he said.
The Terrace Restaurant is popular for wedding receptions and other private parties, and the closing will necessitate members of the Rotary Club of Kauai finding a new location for the every-Friday lunch meetings.
The closing of the restaurant, and the earlier closing of Whalers Brewpub, means the closest post-golf watering hole until the new clubhouse is completed will be at the Kaua’i Marriott Resort & Beach Club, either a long walk or a short drive from the parking area for the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club.
The Terrace Restaurant was the site of the Zonta Club of Kauai’s annual Eat Dessert First fund-raiser Friday night, and is home to the Rotary Club of Kauai weekly lunch meetings, and a popular stop for Japanese visitors making a day trip to Kaua’i.
- Paul C. Curtis, associate editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 224) or email@example.com.