It’s like a family at Cool Cat’s and it feels really good to have that especially when you are so far away from home. I came to Lahaina in August of 2004 and started working at Cool Cat’s in September. When I first arrived I had to work three jobs but now I work enough and make enough money at the cafe to only have one job. One job kicks ass.
I moved from Ruston, Louisiana to Maui because I love the sun and surf. I had worked as a chef at several restaurants around Ruston and at a ski resort in Colorado but really wanted to be in the front of the house so I could talk with the customers. I had a few serving jobs during college that were not too serious but I wanted to be a server so I applied at Cool Cat’s.
It sounds corny but I really believe in Cool Cat’s. Compared to a lot of restaurants they have very high quality food and they treat the customers and the employees really well. It’s a family-owned restaurant so it’s not all about turn and burn. They don’t just want to make as much money as possible but want to make sure that the customers and the employees are happy.
Since it’s not corporate there’s no one breathing down your neck and you can do your job your own way. I like that I actually have to work the customers and not just feed as many people as I can. While I work there I want to learn as much as I can from the mangers.
I think that if I work hard it will pay off some day when I own my own business. I would like to one day open a restaurant that is closely based on Cool Cat Cafe. The menu is great, the outdoor setting is relaxing and the employees are happy. I could care less about the ‘50s memorabilia, though; it definitely wouldn’t fly in Louisiana. MTW