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In a testament to community collaboration, two distinguished Maui businesses, Cool Cat Cafe and DK Restaurants, have united to foster growth and new beginnings. Rising from the aftermath of the Lahaina fires, Cool Cat Cafe is poised to open at Kukui Mall in Kihei in early 2024. This strategic move allows Cool Cat Cafe to take over the space currently occupied by Sansei Restaurant & Sushi Bar, which will centralize its Maui operations at its existing Kapalua location.

This relocation not only symbolizes a powerful comeback for a beloved community establishment but also showcases asignificant upgrade in Kukui Mall’s dining portfolio, with a tenant offering affordable, fast casual lunch and dinner options.

In the aftermath of the Lahaina fires, more than 50% of Cool Cat Cafe’s staff were displaced, with tragic reports indicating the loss of one team member. Amidst the turmoil, the resilient spirit of the Cool Cat Cafe team became evident as they continuously supported and fed the community. “The heart of our institution has always been our people and the community we serve. Though the fires disrupted our physical space, it never dampened our spirit.” shared Sean Corpuel, founder of Cool Cat Cafe.

The shared vision of Cool Cat Cafe and Sansei Restaurant & Sushi Bar aims to bolster the community, offering increased employment opportunities, serving both locals and visitors, and ensuring business continuity. This synergy between bothestablishments is a testament to Maui’s resilience and collective ambition.

Brokering the deal for Cool Cat Cafe’s new location at Kukui Mall was Coldwell Banker Commercial, which is proud to stand by their commitment of helping local businesses thrive. “The return of Cool Cat Cafe is not just about business. It’s about reviving a community’s heart, ensuring that its pulse remains strong. As a local Maui business also, we at Coldwell Banker Commercial are elated to have played a role in this success story,” commented Chris Millen, principal broker for Coldwell Banker Commercial.

With the healing process now underway, the team at Cool Cat Cafe is filled with gratitude and enthusiasm. The community’ssupport has been instrumental in their journey back, and they are eager to roll up their sleeves, cook up their renowned dishes, and continue serving the Maui community.

Cool Cat Cafe’s at Kukui Mall will be open for lunch and dinner early in 2024 – offering the same quality and warmth that established them as a favorite dining destination to many over the years. The community is invited to be part of this new chapter, as one of its most cherished institutions marks its triumphant return.

About Cool Cat Cafe

Since its inception in 1992, Cool Cat Cafe has been a family-owned and operated establishment, captivating patrons with itsnostalgic 50’s themed diner ambiance. Consistently rated for having some of the best burgers, the cafe’s menu is a delightful trip down memory lane, featuring American classics including a range of burgers, sandwiches, vegetarian options, and theirsignature milkshakes. Beyond its island presence, Cool Cat Cafe also boasts two cherished mainland locations in San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. To learn more, visit Cool Cat Cafe’s website at coolcatcafe.com.

About DK Restaurants

Established in March 1996, DK Restaurants is helmed by D.K. Kodama. The concept of serving contemporary sushi and innovative fusion seafood in a lively, engaging setting quickly garnered success. Today, the group operates three Sansei Seafood Restaurant &Sushi Bars located in Kapalua, Waikiki, and Waikoloa, as well as the renowned d.k. Steakhouse on Oahu. For more information, visit: dkrestaurants.com.

About Kukui Mall

Kukui Mall, situated at 1819 S. Kihei Road, Kihei HI, stands as one of South Maui’s leading shopping centers. Serving the Kihei, Wailea, and Makena markets, the mall boasts a diverse array of dining options, ranging from fine dining to casual and fast-food establishments, complemented by its movie cinema. For further details and leasing opportunities, visit Kukui Mall’s website atkukuimallmaui.com.