Thursday, August 11, 2011

From pita to politics

There are already too few places serving Mediterranean fare on Oahu, and Kafe Europa been a bright spot in downtown Honolulu for seven years.

Alas, proprietor Frank Lavoie has closed up shop, having accepted a position with the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

You could say being a restaurateur involves a certain amount of diplomacy in dealing with finicky patrons, but now he’ll channel those instincts into working as a diplomat for the United States at a trying period in international politics.

In his last blog post on behalf of the cafe, which closed July 27, he thanked “the best customers around,” adding, “Our new diplomatic lifestyle will no doubt create many new memories, but Kafe Europa will always have a special place in our hearts.”

He started a new blog at to keep friends and fans updated in this journey. Congratulations, Frank!

Who knows. So many restaurateurs have multiple talents that others, fed up with current state of government, may enter the political arena. Food supply and agriculture are such politically charged topics anyway and land decisions and regulations enacted today will touch everyone’s lives tomorrow.

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