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Pineapple Grill and The Plantation House owners team up in Kapalua

By Staff | Jan 2, 2014

KAPALUA – The owners of Pineapple Grill Restaurant, David and Lesley Cohn of Cohn Restaurant Group (CRG), and owners of The Plantation House, George and Hemma Mackin, have teamed up as equity partners in both Kapalua restaurants.

CRG will assume management and operational oversight for both facilities located in Kapalua Resort.

“We are thrilled to join together with the Mackins and the exceptional staff at The Plantation House to bring this iconic Maui destination to the next level. We believe that with our collective experience – George’s marketing expertise and our 30-plus years in the food and beverage industry – we can provide an unparalleled dining experience for all of our guests,” commented David.

George added, “We look forward to this unique partnership and leveraging the assets and expertise from both restaurants to provide the Kapalua Resort, and Maui, with two distinctive, but complimentary, culinary venues.”

Beginning with one small diner in 1981, Cohn Restaurant Group now owns and operates 17 restaurants within the San Diego area and two locations on Maui.

CRG restaurants have earned numerous awards and accolades, including multiple San Diego Gold Medallion Awards, Gaslamp Quarter Association Lamplighter Awards and various honors from local publications and philanthropic organizations.

Believing in the importance of giving back to the community, David and Lesley have been recognized for their strong community and industry support with the Gaslamp Quarter Historic Association “Vision Award,” San Diego Press Club’s “Entrepreneurs of the Year” Award and Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

Located adjacent to The Bay Course Clubhouse, Pineapple Grill is a casual fine dining restaurant that serves innovative Pacific Island cuisine. Pineapple Grill’s awards include “Best Hawaiian Regional Cuisine” in the 2012 Maui No Ka Oi Magazine Aipono Awards, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s Maui Restaurant of the Year for 2009-12, and Hale ‘Aina Award for Best Maui Restaurant in 2012.

Since opening in Kapalua Resort in 1991, The Plantation House has earned a top reputation among Maui’s best restaurants for serving innovative cuisine in a picturesque setting overlooking the fairways of the Plantation Golf Course.