Is it Tex Drive
In or Tex "Dine In"?
by Les Drent
Tex drive In owner, Ada
Pulin-Lamme, testing out her new malasada factory.
When some things of old change they have a tendency
to leave the past sadly behind but for everyone involved
including its loyal patrons the new look of Tex Drive
In in Honokaa is a welcome sight.
By far the busiest spot in Honokaa, Tex Drive In, is
an eatery that plays host to not only local patrons
but a countless number of tour busses filled with island
visitors that make their way around Hawaii.
Famous for her malasadas (Hawaiian donuts) Tex Drive
In owner Ada Pulin-Lamme took a big leap this past Summer
and completely remodeled her Hamakua restaurant.
Perhaps the most memorable moment of this face lift
was when the County of Hawaii Health Department issued
Tex Drive In a special permit to operate a makeshift
kitchen in the parking lot during the heavy construction
months of June & July.
Not only was Ada able to continue operating her business
during this time of construction but she was also able
to preserve the jobs of her many loyal employees. This
cooperation was a great example of how local government
and business can work together for the benefit of all.
The newly renovated Tex Drive In features a 21st century
contemporary look that includes an expanded indoor dining
room with optional table service, outside seating to
accommodate 50 guests, and even a glass viewing room
where guests can watch Ada's new malasada factory in
the working. To accommodate larger groups a special
buffet service is now available.
Among the popular selection of menu items featured
at the new Tex Drive In are a variety of freshly made
tortilla spinach tomato Tex wraps like the China style
wrap with stir fry vegetables, chicken or fish.
When done dining and before making the long winding
journey back to Hilo or Kona, travelers can look forward
to a relaxing stroll to stretch their driving legs in
Ada's own garden. The garden even includes such plant
rarities as cinnamon and apricots.
Now ready to accommodate visitors well into the next
millennium Tex Drive In is really worth the stop. Congratulations
Tex Drive In is located on Hwy. 19 in Honokaa. Phone
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