>Brookings Oregon News, Sports, & Weather | The Curry Coastal Pilot

News Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

News arrow News arrow Business arrow Kurt Madar returns to the kitchen after career spin

Print

Kurt Madar returns to the kitchen after career spin

Kurt Madar prepares a healthy dish in the kitchen of The Shack on Chetco Avenue. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
Ballet dancer, U.S. Navy Seal, journalist, and now  restaurateur, describes in a nut shell the career of Kurt Madar, co-owner, with Donald Dowden, of the Shack Island Grill on Chetco Avenue, which opened Sept. 15.

The two men said they are on a mission to encourage healthy eating. Mader said, “Most of the U.S. is addicted to fast food.”

He added, “One reason Don and I started this is that we want to change the model for fast food. It doesn’t have to be heavy in fat, cooked, frozen and reheated. It can be quickly cooked and fresh, with healthy veggies.”

Dowden, whose mother, Kathleen Dowden, was a favorite teacher in Brookings for many years, assented to Madar’s next comment, “We want to change what kids eat at school.”

Mader said he paid college expenses at University of Oregon for himself and his wife, Emily, by cooking at a bed and breakfast at Heceta Head, and also worked as executive chef on a boat to Thailand.

“I learned to cook fast food watching street vendors in Thailand cook fresh food with new ingredients,” he said.

“I make all of our sauces from scratch, cut all my own veggies, and use all personal recipes that I learned watching cooks across the world,” Mader said.

Mader was preparing to head back to U of O when the opportunity arose to take over the restaurant. “I was planning to go to law school, but this restaurant just sort of fell into our laps. It’s hard to start a restaurant without infrastructure, because it requires so much money to install all of the equipment. But suddenly we were able to carry out our dream to encourage healthy eating habits.”

Mader noted that they will also be serving wine and beer as soon as the required licenses are received. “We want to provide a place where you can come in and eat, and chat, and hang out and enjoy a healthy fast food meal with no excess fat, salt, sugar, or calories, and we’re happy to be seeing lots of returning clients.”

Comments from the customers included, “The chicken is delicious and the cabbage salad is excellent.”

The Shack at 1011 Chetco Ave. is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Print

Business News by Yahoo Finance

  • Europe rides rebound as global sell-off abates
    World stocks hit a nine-month low on Friday but oil and southern European bonds were off their week's worst levels, as investors began to dust themselves off after one of the most volatile spells in world markets in years. Bourses in London (.FTSE), Frankfurt (.GDAXI) and Paris (.FCHI) started the day up 1 to 1.5 percent and Athens (.ATG) rose 4.5 percent as Greek governments bonds steadied after their worst run since the height of the euro crisis in mid-2012. The possible return to recession in the euro zone, a floundering economy in Japan, slowdown in China and the Ebola virus outbreak have conspired to rattle investors already fretting about the end of years of U.S. It has been a fourth straight week of stock market falls in the U.S.
  • Goldman curbs bankers' compensation even as revenue surges
    Top Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) executives are determined to keep compensation costs under control. On Thursday, Goldman reported a 25 percent increase in quarterly revenue, but the money it set aside for compensation and benefits rose only 18 percent from the same period a year earlier. The amount of money it has set aside for compensation is more or less unchanged, as is the average compensation per employee, at around $320,000 for the first nine months of the year. Sources familiar with the matter inside Goldman Sachs described the restraint as a sign of the shifting mentality about bonuses at the bank: it wants to tightly control compensation, even if it has good quarters with big revenue gains.
  • Google's revenue falls short despite curbing price declines
    Google Inc's revenue fell short of Wall Street's expectations as growth in Internet advertising slowed in the most-recent quarter, offsetting a modest improvement in ad pricing, sending its shares down about 3 percent. Shares of Google fell 2.7 percent to $510.11 in extended trading on Thursday. Google posted $16.52 billion in revenue for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared to $13.75 billion in the year ago period. On Thursday, Google announced it had appointed Omid Kordestani its new chief business officer, replacing Nikesh Arora, who had departed a quarter ago to join Japan's Softbank Corp. The chief business officer is considered a key position, overseeing all the company's revenue-generating activities and serving as a liaison to investors and Wall Street.

Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use