The Maui News - Cafe O'Lei in Wailuku will close next month, ending a five-year run as a weekday lunch hot spot in town.
General Manager Napa Recopuerto said on Tuesday, Sept.11, that it was a business decision to close the restaurant because its lease is up at the end of October. The restaurant's last day will be Oct. 12.
Recopuerto said the restaurant operators do not have any plans to open up another eatery in Wailuku.
But he added that with restaurant owners Michael and Dana Pastula, "you never know where we are going to pop up."
In recent years, Cafe O'Lei restaurants have sprung up all over the island. Cafe O'Lei is in Kihei and Napili, and at the Dunes at Maui Lani Waiehu Golf Courses. Recently, Cafe O'Lei took over the Makawao Steak House and has retained the same name and is keeping the restaurant's steakhouse theme.
Cafe O'Lei will try to disperse all of the Wailuku restaurant's 10 to 15 workers to other restaurants, Recopuerto said, adding that some members of the Wailuku staff are already working at other Cafe O'Lei locations.
Commercial Properties of Maui is working on getting a new tenant for the Wailuku space.