MoJo: The Business of Food

What is Mojo?

It’s the energy and expertise that serves the local food industry in Hawaii. A networking force that connects landlords to potential restaurant tenants, investors to operators, farmers to chefs and media to the next big culinary story.

For restaurants in need of rehab, MoJo offers powerful, practical help. From lease negotiations to menu planning, kitchen makeovers to occupancy cost analysis, MoJo aims to see every local restaurant succeed.

For landlords, MoJo offers detailed, informed analysis of potential restaurant tenants and provides pre-qualifying analysis.

About Jo McGarry Curran

Commercial Real Estate Advisor, Food Writer, Food Photographer, Radio Talk Show Host
Jo McGarry Curran is widely recognized as an authority in the field of food and wine.

Her experience of the restaurant industry in Hawaii and in Europe and her years spent as a food and wine writer have given her unprecedented access to restaurant operations – both front and back of house. Working with both tenant and landlord, Jo brings a unique perspective, an impeccable reputation and unparalleled market knowledge to each transaction.

Jo McGarry Curran is also Hawaii’s foremost authority on food, wine and restaurants. She was the restaurant specialist at Honolulu Star Advertiser and the publisher of Gusto Magazine for ten years, and until recently wrote two food columns for Midweek, with a readership of more than 400,000 each week.

Her radio talk show, Radio MoJo, is a weekly hour of conversation with chefs and winemakers about the food scene in Hawaii and beyond. Recent guests have included:  Emeril Lagasse, Danny DeVito, Guy Fieri, Nobu Matsuhisa, Roy Yamaguchi, and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

Mojo... Defined

1. A magical spell and/or power  2. Self-confidence  3. Ability to bounce back from a debilitating trauma and negative attitude  4. That quality, often elusive, that sets a person apart from everyone else  5. Your cool/style essence  6. A person who possess rare knowledge or extremely skilled with a subject or activity.