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title: 'Austin's Hawaiian weekly. (Honolulu [Hawaii) 1899-190?, October 21, 1899, Page 7, Image 7',
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AUSTIN'S HAWAIIAN WEEKLY.
THE HOME BAKERY CAFE.
A Short History of Its Success and Popularity-Verdict of the Public.
One of the first questions asked by
strangers on entering our fair city is,
"Where is the best place to get a first-class
meal." They are invariably directed to
the Home Bakery Cafe.
The reason for the popularity of this
cafe is apparent to the majority oi the peo
ple who live outside the hotels of the city.
July 22, 1899, saw the Home Bakery
Cafe as a private enterprise, absorbed and
reorganized into a stock company with
ample capital to carry on the business on a
very extensive scale.
After being closed for a few weeks the
cafe was again thrown open to the public,
thoroughly remodeled and renovated and
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Manj' attempts have been made in the
past by various people to establish a model
restaurant, but without exception failed to
keep their doors open for any length of
time. The universal explanation was that
it was impossible to compete with Asiatic
competition in the form 'of cheap restau
rants, where abundance (poorly cooked)
was in evidence.
Again, that the people would not pay
more than that charged by these cheap
restaurants and on account of the class of
help used, and the fact that this same help
was poorly paid; no European caterer
could be expected to compete with these
institutions without living on the same
economical lines, which was an utter im
possibility. The success of the Home Bakery Cafe,
from its conception, only goes to prove the
rule that "anything worth doing, is worth
The present cafe was first opened as the
Home Bakery and Lunch Rooms. The
lunch rooms being considered a side issue.
In January, 1899, the present manager,
Mr. W. H. Field, assumed control and
enlarged the seating space to its present
Immediately on the opening of the doors,
the public flocked there and the universal
verdict was that the meals were the best
prepared and served in the city. Many
there were who predicted that it was an
impossibility for a cafe of this high order
to live and cater to the public and serve the
foods that they did.
the stream of patrons who, temporarily,
were forced to take "pot luck" elsewhere,
again swarmed this hospitable table, thus
demonstrating once more that a cafe run on
business lines, with edibles cooked to the
public taste, was a permanent institution
and would receive the endorsement of
To-day the Home Bakery Cafe stands as
an example of what familiarity, by many
years of experience, coupled with the desire
to offer only the best of everything, served
with neatness and dispatch, can do to ap
pease the public appetite.
One feature which has made the cafe
deservedly popular, and which has been
proven without the shadow of doubt is, that
families can live as economically, and have
a larger variety to select from, as they can
in their own homes. Furthermore, the
service rendered is far superior to that
within the pale of the average housekeeper.
Another special inducement is the fact
that every department is thoroughly in
spected daily, and scrupulous cleanliness,
while an unwritten law, is an iron-clad rule;
this same tidiness is also demanded of the
That the future prosperity of the cafe is
an assured fact can ,be most forcibly de
monstrated at the hours during which tabic
d'iotc meals are being dispatched. A la
carte meals can be had at any time, day or
night, as the latch-string is always out.
It is the intention of the Home Bakery
Company, Limited, to shortly enlarge their
present quarters, by having a second floor
to the building; and, when this is done,
and furnished throughout in the newest
creations of the Eastern artists, the Home
Bakery Cafe will compare iavoiably with
anything to be found on the Pacific Coast
or Australasia. As a further innovation, a
select string orchestra will be on hand
evenings from 7:30 to 12 p. m., to further
promote and assist in sociability.
Special box parties to any number can
be accommodated. To permanent boarders
more than favorable terms may be had upon
application at the office. In order that the
desires of all business patrons may be met,
arrangements can be made whereby a
sumptuous luncheon is offered at a more
reasonable figure, thus doing away with the
necessity of a long ride home in the heat of
the day, and, to the average business man,
this feature is appreciated.
THE "BEST MEAL" CAFE.
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