Mon. Aug 2nd, 2021

The COVID economic climate has harm businesses across the state, but some business owners are nevertheless out there, getting possibilities on starting up a little something new.

The story of 808 Food Prep begins with a pandemic-period furlough when Amy Graham was sent property from her position as a bartender. Restless, with nothing at all to do, she started making healthier foods for her husband and his pals, which were being an quick hit.

Marketing the meals by way of social media, Amy and Keigan Graham formally launched the business enterprise. They went on to promote a lot more than 70,000 meals concerning April 2020 and April 2021.

The procedure swiftly outgrew their dwelling kitchen area and they leased a industrial 1,400-square-foot meal prep space on Ala Moana Boulevard, which they shared with a neighboring espresso shop.

808 Meal Prep specializes in healthier and reasonably priced variations of area favorites, these kinds of as a keto loco moco with ground turkey, riced cauliflower and keto gravy. The Grahams aimed for a $7 food with a flat $5 dollar supply payment, including to their reputation.

And they’ve by now outgrown that Ala Moana kitchen area.

This month, the Grahams opened 808 Juice Bar and Grill in Cafe Row, in a partnership with a nearby bar, The Row Kakaako. By day, their new kitchen will convert out foods and juices for the 808 model, by evening it will be the kitchen for the bar.

They also have their sights on the subsequent market place: catering, anticipating that the marriage ceremony business will begin to choose up as COVID-19 limitations relieve.

Amy Graham says revenue was tight when they commenced this adventure, but by executing a lot of the perform on their own they’ve been equipped to grow and increase team, positioning them selves for the foreseeable future.