Bubbies' University Ave. location closing after 30 years
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The Hawaii Kai store will remain open. Bubbies has been at that location for 30 years.
Kamehameha Schools owns the land and plans to redo the area. Owner Keith Robbins says he could have stuck around for a few more years, but with a changing environment and an increase in homelessness, he felt it was time to bow out.
"It may be a little premature, but it forced me to look at everything and evaluate and, unfortunately, we got to shut her down," said Robbins.
Robbins says the naughty names of some of his desserts was just to make people laugh.
In recent years, scoops of ice creams turned to balls of mochi. Robbins says his mochi ice cream business is booming. He's got a factory in Aiea. They are in Hawaii's top restaurants and shipped all over the world.
Robbins says he's still sad to see his first baby go and he's grateful to the fans wanting his taste of happiness.
"I could never, ever thank the loyalty. It's amazing to me," said Robbins.
Bubbies on University Avenue will officially shut its doors on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.