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New cafe introduces management team

By Staff | Dec 9, 2010

Paul “Buff” Weaver and Michelle Respicio will lead the new Village Cafe and Sweet Shoppe.

KAPALUA — Village Cafe and Sweet Shoppe LLC last week announced the management team for the Village Cafe and Sweet Shoppe, which is scheduled to open for breakfast, lunch and dinner in late December in the Village Center at Kapalua Resort.

Paul “Buff” Weaver joins the team as director, restaurant operations, with a career that spans 30 years across the islands.

Well-known for his tenure at Leilani’s on the Beach in Kaanapali, his leadership and organizational development experience are vital to building a service-oriented team that will ensure each guest enjoys their dining experience, reported owners Deborah and Stuart Katz.

“Kapalua, and especially this restaurant location, has a special place in my heart, since this is where I got married five years ago. It feels like being home, which is how we hope each guest will feel when they are here,” said Weaver.

Having worked all positions in the kitchen, Chef Michelle Respicio knows what it takes to consistently bring a quality meal to the table.

Her experience ranges from fine dining to fast-paced volume cooking. Both will be brought together in this cafe dining experience.

“I’m excited to develop a team that is as passionate about working in the kitchen and cooking as I am,” Respicio added.

The owners stated that they “are thrilled with the management team we have brought together and are confident that they will be able to achieve the vision that we’ve developed together.”

The cafe is currently staffing full- and part-time positions; for information, contact the restaurant’s management team at 665-1122.