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November 04, 2010

Tommy Bahama names manager and chef

Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach has appointed Michael Lowney as general manager and Marcus Jon Keliinui Lage as chef for Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach Bar & Grill, opening Saturday at the historic Heisler Building on South Coast Highway.

Lowney will oversee the front-of-the-house operations for the dining venue, offering contemporary American cuisine in a casual setting, according to Rob Goldberg, senior vice president of restaurants for Tommy Bahama.


Lowney was the general manager for Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar in Maui, Hawaii, from 2004 to 2007.

"Michael was instrumental in the success of the Tommy Bahama retail and dining concept in Maui, and we are thrilled that he will be helping us launch Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach Bar & Grill," Goldberg said.

He was most recently the general manager at Ruth's Chris Steak House, and was an operating partner at Napili Tavern, both in Maui. Prior to that, he worked for Wolfgang Puck as the general manager of the award-winning Spago Maui at the Four Seasons Resort Maui and assistant general manager of Postrio at The Venetian in Las Vegas. He was also recruited by N9NE Group and George Maloof of Palms Casino Resort to be the general manager of N9NE Steakhouse and training manager for Ghostbar Ultra Lounge and Rain Nightclub.

A native of Los Gatos, Calif., Lowney attended San Diego State University. He also owned Los Gatos Bar & Grill in his hometown for three years.

Lage will work closely with Culinary Director Don Donley and helm the kitchen of the 3,000-square-foot restaurant, offering such dishes as the Laguna Burger, Lobster Corn Dogs, Swordfish Sandwich and Poblano Chicken, as well as handcrafted cocktails and craft beers.

Previously Lage was the executive sous chef at Roy's in Newport Beach, where he worked for the last five years.

A graduate of the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, he worked in a variety of food industry positions, including as a barista in a local café; a line cook at Regents Point Fine Retirement Living in Irvine; an associate trainer for Panera Bakery Café; and butchering, smoking meat and training staff at Whole Foods Market in Tustin.

Lage is a native of Irvine, and proud of his multi-ethnic descent: Hawaiian, Japanese, French, German, Irish, Swedish, Polish and Cherokee.

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