It is with deep regret that we announce the official closure of our Hobee’s Cupertino location. The franchise owner, Michael Lashen, recently confirmed the very difficult decision not to reopen the restaurant, which had operated at the Oaks Center since 1986.
With COVID-19 already a formidable challenge, the restaurant faced an unknown future in the face of the shopping center’s latest redevelopment plans which have received support from the city council. Since it seemed likely that the restaurant would not make a full recovery from the pandemic before having to shut down again for demolition, Michael opted to permanently close.
This is certainly a major loss for the Hobee’s community and the City of Cupertino, where the restaurant achieved iconic status. For nearly 34 years, Hobee’s Cupertino established itself as a favorite of De Anza College students, local tech workers and South Bay families. Michael – along with former partners Gwil Evans and Gordon von Richter – made Hobee’s history as the first to open a franchised location. The venture was an instant success, reaching number one in sales volume for nearly a decade and remaining near the top during its entire run.
Hobee’s Cupertino and its devoted band of regulars helped procure an impressive number of awards over the years, including Best Breakfast, Best Brunch and Best Restaurant for Kids honors in several local readers’ polls. The Cupertino Chamber of Commerce, noting the organization’s outstanding commitment to the local community, bestowed two major awards: Outstanding Citizen to Michael in 2003 and Outstanding Mid-Size Business in 2012.
Throughout the years, Hobee’s Cupertino benefited from the spirit and dedication of some amazing employees, several who worked for the company for fifteen or more years. We will miss seeing them in action at the restaurant on a typically slammed weekend morning. Hopefully, it’s of some consolation that many of these familiar faces currently – or will in the future – work at other Hobee’s locations.
Though the news is undeniably sad, we are incredibly proud of the lasting legacy that Michael, the employees and customers created at Hobee’s Cupertino. Please share your memories and photos. Thank you for your support!