Shrimp burgers, oyster burgers, Green River drinks and those popular deep-fried Twinkies.
Those will be gone in March, as the 47-year-old Byron’s Drive-In near the airport will close its take-out windows tomorrow.
Last year the landlord announced plans to redevelop the area — and that included tearing down the drive-in and its iconic yellow sign.
Byron’s was the last hold-out of Andy Wong, whose family also ran these nostalgic heavies: Orson’s, Chowder House and the beloved Andy’s Drive-Inn in Kailua.
Again, another local restaurant is closing and, despite the last-ditch efforts of patrons to support the drive-in, it’s a little too late.
I don’t know why it personally pains me to see it close. I wouldn’t call myself a regular — in fact, I hadn’t been there in years — and when I drove there this morning, I felt a twinge of guilt that I had waited so long to come back.
The thing is, nothing I could have done would have affected the outcome. The landlords wanted a change, and that change involved the closing of the drive-in.
But it makes you think of all the small businesses, mom-and-pop shops and family-owned restaurants that are still around — that I haven’t been to in years.
So let this be a wake-up call. Change is inevitable. Businesses come and go. Support the ones you love, the ones that are worth it, and hope they, like Byron’s, don’t become part of the lore you tell your grandkids years from now.