Today we’d like to introduce you to Randy & Dena Shamoo.
Randy & Dena, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The Craft Kitchen building was previously a 7-11 and neighbors to my husband, Randy’s family business, Palm Springs Liquor. When the opportunity came to take over the location, Randy jumped on it and had the vision to open a local eatery, something that lacked in our part of La Mesa. During the takeover, Randy and I got engaged and married shortly after. I quit my job at a non-profit organization to work on Craft Kitchen’s design and business plan.
At our liquor store, Palm Springs Liquor, we were a part of the Craft Beer movement and so we knew that was the direction we wanted to take Craft Kitchen. We are now approaching our 3 year anniversary at Craft Kitchen this April and are so happy and proud of what we have created in La Mesa. Currently, there are many new and upcoming restaurants opening in La Mesa and we like to feel like we were at the forefront of that movement.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Both Randy and I come from very little to almost no restaurant experience. We have been through almost every obstacle as a new business but powered through them. Owning a restaurant is hands down the most challenging thing we have both endured and feel like we can do anything now.
Creating the business from scratch and putting all our heart, soul and money into, we were sensitive to criticism or disappointed when our guests didn’t get the experience we hoped for. Also, during construction and the design process, because of our little experience, we made some mistakes that were pricey. That hurt!
Craft Kitchen – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
At Craft Kitchen we are a family-owned, family-friendly, craft beer bar/eatery on the corner of Palm and Spring St. We are known for our excellent craft beer selection, mostly all local brewery’s showcased, and scratch-made food. We are most known for our grass-fed Craft Burger and gourmet fish tacos (mahi-mahi, shrimp, and tuna). You can always count on a daily special or unique twist on familiar food items.
We are proud to always offer fresh food, the latest and tastiest beer on draft which pours from our top of the line beer draft system so it’s always poured at the perfect temperature. We are also a place you can go to experiment different beers without feeling intimidated at the bar. We have our own parking lot so it’s convenient and easy to come in and out. Craft Kitchen is a place where you can come with a co-worker, family, friend, date, guaranteed a good time, good food.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
This year, approaching 3 years feels like a huge accomplishment. From the beginning, we were told, “if you can make it 3-5 years, you are good” and we feel like we are on our way to be here for the long run. 10/4/17 we welcomed our first child into this world, and to run these two business’ and be parents, feels amazing and an accomplishment on its own.
- Happy Hour 3-6Pm, $4 pints
- Address: 4253 Palm Ave La Mesa, 91941
- Website: www.lamesacraftkitchen.com
- Phone: 619-461-4887
- Email: LaMesaCraftKitchen@gmail.com
- Instagram: la_mesa_craft_kitchen https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/642970402/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaMesaCraftKitchen/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/craft-kitchen-la-mesa