It's long been known as the "Cheers" of Maui, where everyone knows your name. Tuesday, Koho Grill & Bar at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center will turn 25 years old.
"We'll have some T-shirts we'll be giving away to guests, first-come, first-served," says Gerri Eckart, general manager. "Koho's is proud to be part of Maui and the community for the past 25 years. Of course, our owner, Roy Dunn, owes the success to all of the great, hardworking employees and all of the loyal customers who support it."
Longtime Beverage Manager and bartender Renee Eckert agrees.
Beverage Manager Renee Eckert (left) and General Manager Gerri Eckart toast to the 25th anniversary of the “Cheers” of Maui.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
"In the last 25 years, our customers have become our extended family. I've seen the children of diners grow up and have families of their own. Then, of course, we have great value, which keeps the people coming back for more. The menu has not really changed over the years, except that now we do offer brown rice as an option."
The snowbirds who return year after year in the winter always ask for the Koho plate. It's packed with a chicken breast and smothered in Swiss cheese sauce with sour cream and mushrooms along with two scoops rice and macaroni salad.
Tuesday is fajita madness, when you may order a sizzling platter of chicken and steak or surf and turf for $22.95 and it's enough for two. Once someone sees it going to a table, it's inevitably ordered all around the restaurant.
Pot roast is a winner on Wednesdays. For as long as anyone can remember, Thursday's been Margaritaville with $2.25 drinks.
"Friday, teriyaki salmon sells like wildfire," says the general manager Eckart. "It's served two ways, as a plate lunch or over a salad."
In the bar, sports are always playing on TV. New photos of the Jaws surfing spot by Mark Middleton add color. Happy hour runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and pupu are eclectic. Call 877-5588.