The phrase “Keep on Truckin” is more than just a motto for this family owned restaurant. It’s a way of life. A restaurant built out of the love of family, music, good food and serving the community.
Stella Blues was born approximately seventeen years ago in Kihei on the island of Maui. The atmosphere of the restaurant is semi casual and filled with tie died shirts (worn by some of the staff), warm smiling faces and décor on the walls depicting a tribute to the “Grateful Dead”.
In 1986, and Prior to Stella Blues, co-owners Ray Enis and his wife Janie, opened the first bagel shop on Maui called “Maui Bagel”. The only problem was nobody quite knew what a bagel was and the couple ended up giving bagels away for months until the bagel
caught on. They sold the bagel shop in 1990 followed by Ray and Janie taking a short sabbatical to Thailand.
Upon return to Maui, Ray wanted to open a restaurant to fill the gap between the lower and high end dinning. Thus, in 1991 the opening of the “Dead themed Restaurant” named after one the Rays favorite Grateful Dead songs… Stella Blue.
During my interview with Ray, the love of music was apparent and I finally had to ask Ray if he was a musician. He stated simply “no, I just love good music and good food”. And there is no doubt that he does.