See what makes Cinnamon’s Restaurant a staple in Kailua

Serving the neighborhood since 1985.

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You probably know it for the pancakes! Cinnamon’s Restaurant has been a staple in Kailua for decades, and HI Now host Jobeth Devera is checking out the brunch spot that continues to grow in popularity.

Cinnamon’s opened its doors in 1985. “We became very popular in Kailua because of, one, the pancakes,” explains Puna Nam, the restaurant’s owner. He says it all started with its fresh-grated carrot pancake with a sour cream topping. “That started to take off and people were asking for different pancakes.” The two latest pancakes the restaurant offers are the guava chiffon pancake and the red velvet.

The restaurant got its name from a French fairy tale written by Cricket Nam about a bear that saved a bakery. Before the restaurant opened, Cricket used to make pastries and pies and her logo was a bear in a chef’s hat, which became part of Cinnamon’s logo today.

Cinnamon’s strives to serve fresh, wholesome food and to create an environment for its guests where they feel like family. Some of the servers at the restaurant have been there since the beginning and others have over 25 years of service. Cinnamon’s teaches its staff to be genuine and give guests an enjoyable dining experience where they can enjoy a delicious, homemade meal.

Community service is important to the restaurant, as it feels fortunate to have been a part of the Kailua community for so long. It supports I love Kailua and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Its staff also volunteers to help clean the highway from Castle Junction and gives back in their own way by participating in events like Jingle Rock Run and supporting the Make a Wish foundation.

Cinnamon’s is open daily from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. The restaurant also has another location in Waikiki at the Ilikai Hotel.

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