Dedicated to the Love
by Les Drent
the rich tradition of history in North Kohala is an
eatery that is making a name for itself. Creating great
food and creating the right food for the moment are
all skills that come from years of dedication to the
culinary industry and the food at Jen's Kohala Cafe
is the obvious result of that dedication.
When Jenifer and Chad Davis renovated the former deli
location located across from the King Kamehameha statue
in Kapaau they new they had to bring more to the table
than just a face lift. Jenifer's extensive working background
within such Big Island industry favorites as the Canoe
House, Kamuela Provision Company, Donatoni's and over
7 years at both the Hilo and Kawaihae locations of Cafe
Pesto have lent her the inspirational and creative courage
to carve out a delectable niche of her own in this sleepy
little village located at the northern end of the Big
Jenifer & Chad Davis
in front of their North Kohala Eatery.
While many of the components of her menu stem from
these years of experience it is an obvious love for
creating good food that has fashioned the quality and
value of Jen's offerings.
Relying mainly on word of mouth for her advertising
positive food reviews have an uncanny ability to find
their way to people looking for good food whether they
are in the local community or at a hotel.
Looking to expand their current operation Jenifer and
Chad seek to create new regular menu items and daily
specials that are in line with local tastes and budgets.
Already catering to the local taste is the Kamehameha,
a roll up which consists of juicy kalua pork, Maui onions
and baby greens stuffed into thick rounds of herbed
garlic flat bread. The award winning Black Bean and
Red Onion Chili served with corn bread and rice is also
a favorite along with the Greek Salad that is highlighted
with locally grown vine-ripened tomatoes, tart feta,
calamata olives in a traditional herbal balsamic vinaigrette
As if Jen's hearty and affordable lunch items are not
enough to fill the hungriest of patrons the Cafe's selection
of Big Island Ice Cream will be tempting and ultimately
capture the last ounce of your appetite before you make
your exit from the cafe.
Future additions to the Cafe have Jenifer and Chad
applying for a beer and wine license and using some
of the dining room space for an espresso bar.
With an approach to business that pulls from years
of experience and encompasses an unwavering dedication
to quality and value Jen's Kohala Cafe should find little
in their way on the road to success.
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