Damon Kamahele Haverly

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Age: 37

Job Title: Manager, Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Where were you born and raised? Waialua.

What got you interested in the food and beverage industry? I love celebrating with perfect strangers.

First job in the industry? Busboy at Compadres Bar and Grill. I remember my first day, May 5, 1990.

Macaroni Grill is one of the busiest restaurants in Honolulu. How busy do you get on a typical weekend? We’re lucky to still have very busy weekends, where, if you walk in, you will usually have to wait for a table. It’s a good idea to get a reservation whenever possible.

What is it about the restaurant that appeals so much to people? Fresh ingredients, simple recipes and a charming staff.

Do you cook at home? I do. In fact, I just had a barbecue last night.

Best dish? Pork chops.

Favorite dishes at Macaroni Grill? Mushroom ravioli and chicken scallopini.

What’s always in your fridge? Shoyu packets and leftover meat loaf.

Favorite restaurants when you’re not working? Yama’s Fish Market and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Favorite movie? Rapa Nui.

What would most surprise people about you? I’m a Discovery Channel junkie.

What’s your advice to anyone starting in the restaurant industry in front of the house? Take care of your bartenders and cooks, they’ll take care of you.

Who’d you most like to see come into Macaroni Grill for dinner and why? Sandra Bullock and Jesse James. It would make for a very interesting evening.

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