Leave it to Roy’s Restaurant, owned by life-long fans of the Los Angeles Lakers, to honor the icon with a custom signature dish and a donation, specifically priced to the Black Mamba’s main philanthropy, the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.
The Lakers retired Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 jersey numbers in a ceremony on Monday, December 18 at halftime of their game against the Golden State Warriors. Bryant now joins a chosen few of NBA legends not only to have his jersey retired, but an even more exclusive club to have two jerseys retired.
Roy’s put his own unique spin on the ceremony by cutting the price of its signature entrée Misoyaki Butterfish (Alaskan Black Cod, Baby Bok Choy and Furikake Rice) from $41 to $24 in honor of Bryant’s #24 on Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19.
In addition, Roy’s also donated $8, in recognition of Bryant’s #8 jersey, from each sale of the special on both days to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which is focused on improving the lives of youth and families in need, both domestically and worldwide.
By providing financial resources and developing distinct programs, the Foundation strives to strengthen communities through educational and cultural enrichment opportunities.
“I could argue all day long and probably will that Kobe Bryant is the greatest of all time,” said Chris Dharod, born in Los Angeles, lifetime Lakers fan and President of SSCP, the parent corporation that owns Roy’s. “To me, Kobe is the G.O.A.T. and we are excited to extend a great dish at an exceptional price while donating a third of the tab to a very deserving organization.”
Bryant wore No. 8 from 1996 to 2006, when he switched to No. 24 for the remainder of a 20-year career spent entirely with the Lakers. He will be the 10th player honored by the Lakers with a retired number hung high on the Staples Center wall, but the first in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same team.
Internationally acclaimed Roy’s Restaurant is better known for its distinct and creative menu, a sensational adventure in fusion cuisine and bold flavors.
Inspired by his Japanese roots and native Hawaiian cuisine, Master Chef Roy Yamaguchi opened the first Roy’s Restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988.
In 2015 SSCP Management, Inc., parent of United Ohana, LLC, purchased the Roy’s Restaurants located on the U.S. mainland. There are currently 17 Roy’s restaurants in the continental United States.