Members of the upcountry community were deeply saddened at the closure of Makawao Steak House. The restaurant closed its doors Sunday after a two-year financial loss. The restaurant had been in business for more then 40 years.
Makawao Steak House was originally owned by the Eneim family. It started as a store, but was converted to a restaurant to accommodate the theater next door. The hope in the community is that whomever is the new owner will keep the Makawao Steak House tradition.
Many have taken to the Makawao Steak House Facebook page sharing memories, favorite dishes, and sending well wishes. The restaurant will be truly missed.
New Owner Hoku Nui Maui, plans to revamp Makawao Steak House into a farm-to-table restaurant. The plan would be to use only grown meat and produce provided by the 258 acre “regenerative farming community”.
The company has already put in for a liquor license as well as for having live music at the restaurant. During the transition, new items are planned to slowly be added to the menu later in the year. The farm plans to add a number of new crops including fruits and vegetables. These items will eventually supply Makawao Steak House with farm fresh produce. The restaurant’s plan is to serve what it can grow.
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