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Three’s Celebrates Rising from the Ashes

February 12, 2017, 1:16 PM HST (Updated February 12, 2017, 1:50 PM) · 18 Comments
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After “the most intense and stressful 40 days of our lives,” Three’s Bar & Grill in Kīhei plans to celebrate its grand reopening on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

The celebration and blessing will mark the restaurant’s rebirth in the aftermath of a fire that almost completely destroyed the kitchen on October 23, 2016. Co-owners Jaron Blosser, Cody Christopher and Travis Morrin spent countless hours rebuilding the restaurant, in partnership with dedicated contractors and loyal staff.

“We learned to count our blessings and never take things for granted,” explains co-owner Travis Morrin. “We also learned how important it is to value teamwork, our employees, the hardworking contractors and industry professionals, along with the power of determination.”

In a little more than a month, despite challenge after challenge, Three’s kitchen was rebuilt and ready for business. But that’s not all. Due to significant smoke damage to the front of the house, co-owners painted the interior, tiled the entryway and patio, put up a new wall collage and revamped the menu, giving the entire restaurant a “rebirth.”

The party will also celebrate Three’s 7th birthday, which was officially (Superbowl) Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. The co-owners are best friends and avid surfers who began catering from a rental kitchen in 2009; they’ve since grown the company to include not only Three’s, a food truck and a thriving event, wedding and boat catering operation, but also new farm-to-table eatery Fork & Salad in Kīhei, which opened in July 2016. They describe their journey over the last seven years as a process of a passion and perseverance.

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    Three’s kitchen, damaged by the Oct. 23rd fire. Courtesy photo.

    Three’s kitchen, rebuilt within 40 days. Courtesy photo.

    Cleanup after Three’s kitchen fire. Courtesy photo.

    New wall mural in the dining area at Three’s Bar & Grill in Kīhei. Courtesy photo.

    Three’s chefs/co-owners Cody Christopher, Jaron Blosser and Travis Morrin. Courtesy photo.

    Ahi sliders, a new menu item at Three’s Bar & Grill. Courtesy photo.

    Red curry clams and mussels, a new menu offering at Three’s. Courtesy photo.

    Marilyn Monroll, a new sushi offering at Three’s in Kīhei. Courtesy photo.

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    “As we’ve grown, Three’s has allowed us to make a positive impact on our island, in a way that goes beyond the great food, drinks and hospitality,” says Morrin. “That’s the ultimate goal: to have our restaurants and catering company play an active role in helping the community we live in.”

    In addition to its monthly Kama’āina Giveback program, Three’s will support a local nonprofit during its celebration. Customers will get a special discount of 25% off all food all day (excluding happy hour), and Three’s will match the day’s discounted dollar amount and donate it to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center to support the arts. The MACC was the first organization to hire Three’s catering service, and the donation has been an annual birthday tradition.

    Three’s menu, known for its quality, variety and locally-sourced products, will feature some great specials on Feb. 16, like fresh island fish, noodles and sushi. The grand reopening will also include a Hawaiian blessing at 4 p.m. prior to dinner service, and entertainment throughout the night. Three’s and its 75 employees proudly invite the community to join them for a night of fun, food and celebration.

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