Opening of Island Plate Lunch’s new location (update: on hold)



5/9/19 UPDATE:  Restaurant opening is on hold. See flyer below via FB.

A few years ago, Island Plate Lunch opened up at 5575 E. River Rd. (suite 141, NE corner of Craycroft Rd.) and became a hit for their authentic Hawaiian food/plate lunches. If you’ve been to the State of Hawaii, you know what that means — two scoops rice, macaroni salad, plus the main dish of meat/fish. They even serve spam musubi, my favorite, being as I was born/raised on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Now, they’re moving to a new location the NW corner of Prince/Campbell, still with their ono (delicious) food. Be there. Their FB invite below:

“A new location is opening up!
May 10, 2019
Celebration: 10am – 3pm
Where: 3699 N. Campbell Ave.

We will be doing a grand opening celebration after the university graduations. Stay tuned for that date and more info!”

Carolyn’s note:  This is authentic Hawaiian food, so do drop by. The official grand opening will be later.  They closed their River/Craycroft restaurant on April 14.  I love their spam musubi and will likely show up & teach the Japanese card game of hanafuda, popular in Hawaii.  A hui hou.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. UPDATE 5/9/19: Opening of Island Plate Lunch not happening tomorrow. Stay tuned to their FB page to learn when. Flyer posted above re: this update.

    • I’ts not the official grand opening, just the re- opening of the restaurant, for those anxious for Hawaiian food (since they closed the first location on April 14). Stay tuned for the Grand Opening, hopefully this month.

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