Hobee’s Cupertino shutters permanently

Hobee's Restaurant in Cupertino.

A fixture on the Cupertino dining scene is shutting its doors for good, hit by a one-two punch of factors.

Hobee’s, which has operated at the Oaks Center on Stevens Creek Blvd. for more than 33 years, is closing. Operators said the COVID-19 challenge, in combination with redevelopment uncertainty at the Oaks, was too much for the restaurant.

“It is with deep regret that we announce the official closure of our Hobee’s Cupertino location,” the chain said.

Franchise owner Michael Lashen made the decision, which was announced Saturday. Hobee’s was an institution for many local residents. Its location across from De Anza College and amid Cupertino’s tech campuses made it a popular locale.

According to the announcement, Hobee’s Cupertino was the top sales location for nearly a decade and was consistently busy.

The restaurant and its operator were award-winning, being named Outstanding Mid-Sized Business in 2012 by the local Chamber of Commerce.

“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,” the statement read.

The Oaks Center, where Hobee’s was located, is set to be redeveloped into a mixed-use project. It is expected to feature 294 housing units, including 206 senior apartments.