The Return of Max Chao
By CHARLES FERRUZZA
Sometimes in the restaurant business, a larger-than-life personality comes along who is so endearing and warm that his unique character transcends his dining room. Max Chao falls into that category. But the gregarious Chao has been missing in action from the local dining scene since he closed his last business, Ohana’s Hawaiian Barbecue, last year.
I’m happy to report the man is now back in business. Chao is serving as general manager for a new Indian bistro, Masala’s, scheduled to open in September.
Chao says he’s happy to be working for another owner for a change. Until now, he’s always worked for his family or himself. Unfortunately, at his last venture, Ohana’s Hawaiian Barbecue, neither the pineapple-marinated meats or the order-at-the-counter format did justice to either Max Chao’s personality or his distinctive cooking skills.