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America’s first pop-up Pac-Man cafe opens in Honolulu. Hurry, it won’t last long

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Honolulu’s Bread & Butter cafe is turning back the calendar to 1980 with a temporary transformation into Pac-Store Hawaii.
(Travis Okimoto)

Pac-Man is back, but only for a while. Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde from the ’80s video game have taken over a popular Honolulu restaurant and rebranded it as Pac-Store Hawaii.

On Tuesday, the retro video game dominated the décor, food and, of course, the play at the award-winning Bread & Butter cafe at 1585 Kapiolani Boulevard in the city’s Ala Moana neighborhood.

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A customer at Pac-Store Hawaii guides Pac-Man through a maze.
(Travis Okimoto )

Japanese gaming giant Bandai Namco Entertainment partnered with the restaurant in creating the pop-up that features old and new characters (Pac Little and Pac Marie) and sells themed food, cosmetics, T-shirts and other items.

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Pac-Store Hawaii is the first such venture in the United States, according to a statement.

The makeover includes an oversized Pac-Man “waiter” who greets guests at the front door. Windows covered in neon lights feature characters from the game.

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A Pac-Man-shaped cheesecake at Pac-Store Hawaii.
(Travis Okimoto )

Diners need tokens to play the video game and earn one every time they make a purchase.

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Before testing their skills on the classic Pac-Man maze, guests can nosh on Pac-Man-shaped pancakes and cheesecake, which both look like they’re ready to chomp on fruit and floral garnishes.

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A traditional Hawaiian breakfast dish, the loco moco.
(Travis Okimoto )

Even loco moco, a classic Hawaiian dish made with white rice, hamburger patty, eggs and gravy, arrives in the shape of a ghost.

Gourmet gamers had better hurry if they want to experience Pac-Store Hawaii. The pop-up is expected to disappear at the end of May.

The restaurant is open daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Customers at Pac-Store Honolulu need special tokens to play the vintage arcade game. Guests get one token for each item purchased.
(Travis Okimoto )

Pac-Man made its debut in Japan and in the U.S. in 1980. More than 1 million units were sold during the first 12 months. Ms. Pac-Man arrived on America’s shores the following year.

Info: Bread & Butter/Pac-Store Hawaii, (808) 949-3430

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