Coveted Japanese Cheesecake Coming to Hawaii

New store marks the Asian dessert chain’s first outpost in the United States.

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Uncle Tetsu, a traditional Japanese cheesecake brand that sells handmade cheesecake baked in store using fresh ingredients, will soon land in Honolulu.

Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheeesecake

Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheeesecake

The new shop, which is set to open in Waikiki, will mark the company’s entry into the United States. According to the Pacific Business News, Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake recently secured a $90,000 building permit with the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting for a spot at the Royal Hawaiian Center.

Uncle Tetsu currently has more than 70 locations around the world, including in Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia.

Earlier this year, Uncle Tetsu expanded to North America with the opening of a location in Toronto, Canada. Founder and owner Tetsushi Mizokami attended the store’s opening, which was greeted with surprisingly long lineups, according to the Toronto Star. And since the tiny shop at 598 Bay St. can only produce batches of 12 six-inch cakes every 15 minutes, customers would sometimes wait outside for as long as two hours.

The freshly baked Japanese dessert is said to be lighter, fluffier and contain less sugar than regular cheesecake, and could become an interesting alternative to Waikiki’s ever-crowded Cheesecake Factory.

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