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General manager, Lulu’s Surf Club, Waikiki Beach
Where were you born and raised?
How did you get interested in the F&B world?
I was working in another field in Atlanta, and I came to Hawaii and realized I really wanted to live and work here. So when I went home, I got into bartending and waiting because I knew that I was somehow going to come back to Hawaii and that this would be a good start.
So your plan worked, obviously.
Yes! I arrived here three months before Lulu’s opened and have been here ever since.
How do you describe the restaurant to people who’ve never been?
It’s casual island-American cuisine. It’s a great place for everyone - the food is good, the service is good and friendly, and we’re good enough on all levels to fit any needs. We’re a local company right here in Waikiki, and I think we offer a taste of Hawaii here whether you’re a tourist or a local looking for a great place to eat and drink. We’re not run by a corporate machine on the Mainland. We’re really a part of the community.
Favorite dishes on the menu?
Black-and-blue ahi Benedict for breakfast and crab-stuffed mahimahi, or one of our sizzling steaks for dinner - the food is all great.
Where do you like to go when you’re not working?
I like Uncle Bo’s on Kapahulu Avenue - it has a great menu and it’s open late, which I like. I go to Paesano for Italian.
What’s always in your fridge?
Usually steaks, poke, yogurt - lots of breakfast stuff because I eat out mostly.
Anything you miss about New York?
Apart from my family? Nothing really. I love it here.
Who would you most like to see come to Lulu’s for dinner?
Robert De Niro.
Lulu’s Waikiki 2589 Kalakaua Ave 926-5222
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