Rearview: Questions answered about Rob Roy’s, Hot Dog Annie’s and the Beaver Grill

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Rob Roy’s restaurant

Misae Hironaka told me, “Decades ago there used to be a restaurant called Rob Roy’s in Kailua. My family and I remember it fondly as it was our favorite night-out place. Do you have any history regarding that restaurant and its owner?”

Rob Roy’s restaurant opened in 1969 at 26 Hoolai St. in Kailua (where a strip mall is today with a Subway and an L&L). It was a popular family restaurant.

The owner was Chuck Fraser, who also owned Chip’s, Scotty’s Drive-In on Keeaumoku Street and in Pearl City, the Village Inn in Kahala, the Crouching Lion in Kaaawa and Hawaii Blueprint, which is still in operation.

The restaurant’s namesake was Robert Roy MacGregor (1671-1734), a Scottish outlaw and folk hero. Fraser picked the name because he was of Scottish descent. Sir Walter Scott’s book “Rob Roy” contributed to his fame. A Rob Roy is also a drink made with scotch and sweet vermouth.

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