DFMWR offers Fort Shafter patrons new dining options

| July 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
 DFMWR officials say more than 20 new items have been added to the new evening dining menu for Mulligan's Bar and Grill at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter. Patrons received free samples during an open house, July 19.

DFMWR officials say more than 20 new items have been added to the new evening dining menu for Mulligan's Bar and Grill at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter. Patrons received free samples during an open house, July 19.

Story and photos by
Jenny Duong
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

FORT SHAFTER — Mulligan’s Bar and Grill menu makeover has resulted in a new evening full dinner service.

Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials are hoping to change the image of the dining facility with the introduction of the evening service.

Twenty new dishes are featured on the new Hale Ikena/Mulligan's menu.

Twenty new dishes are featured on the new Hale Ikena/Mulligan's menu.

The restaurant, long known to many patrons as a golfer’s snack bar that services neighboring Walter J. Nagorski Golf Course patrons, introduced more than 20 new dishes, July 19, as well as new evening food service, here, for the installation.

“Offering dinner service allows for our Soldiers and families to enjoy time to dine together as a family unit without having to travel far from home,” said Katy Carter, business manager, Hale Ikena/Mulligan’s, DFMWR. The greatest benefits are the location and the cost. Our dinner service menu options are offered at a reasonable price and Fort Shafter, Aliamanu Military Reservation and Tripler Army Medical Center residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy our dining experience.”

Along with new dinner hours came a restructuring of the current menu. Aside from soups, salads and sandwiches, the chefs and food and beverage managers worked to expand the menu selection to satisfy different taste palettes.

“It was time to add some variety, more health conscious options, and incorporate some of the food trends we are seeing in the industry,” said Rhonda Hunter, chief, Business Operation Division, DFMWR.

The enhanced menu includes more appetizers, entrées and desserts, prepared with fresh ingredients and made to order. The chefs and cooks were trained by the chef staff from the Hale Koa Hotel to output many diverse meals in the most efficient manner.

“This allows our regular lunch-goers to have many options to choose from and gives our families an evening option for casual dining during the week,” Carter said.

Community members sampled new menu offerings at the event that served as a testing ground for the new menu roll-out Monday.

“The Open House was a great experience and I’m looking forward to trying many more (Mulligan’s) items,” said Master Sgt. Veronica Valentine, Post Police Sr. NCO, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

Kolekole Bar and Grill on Schofield Barracks, another DFMWR eatery, will unveil its new menu Aug. 2, with new menu items that were developed in a similar fashion to the Mulligan’s approach.

“We want all of our DFMWR programs to be the ‘first choice’ for our military community based on the level of guest service, quality and value they receive,” Hunter said.

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