Maui Pasta Company started in 2012 on Maui selling pasta, made with authentic Durham semolina flour and infused with fresh Maui herbs and flavors, from owners Patricia and Ron Inman’s driveway, to raise money for a school trip for their daughter. It began to sell so well that they started selling at Farmer’s Markets, and branched out to sell their pasta – and then sauces, baked goods, and desserts – to local grocery stores and restaurants. By 2014, they had a thriving “mom and pop” business, and by 2015, they opened their own Factory Store and Take-Out Restaurant. Executive Chef Patricia Inman had studied in Italy for two years, and was thrilled to share her passion for cooking Italian food with the Maui community, and Ron was an accountant and business expert to run that area of the operations.
It was only nine months later that tragedy struck – Ron Inman took ill and, within two months, he passed away. Patricia kept their dream alive with a wonderful and dedicated staff that was like family, and within a few months, Debra Lynch, who had volunteered at Maui Pasta when Ron was in Hospice, came on board as Patricia’s new partner.
She took on much of the marketing, administrative, and front-of-house responsibilities of the business, as Ron had previously done.
Patricia Inman found healing and support within an online grief support community, and found a best friend in Stephen Hochhaus, a member of the support group and a resident of Scottsdale. Stephen, owner of Portfolio Picture Framing, Inc. in Old Town Scottsdale, had lost his wife Katherine to cancer in 2011, and understood the challenges of running a business during grief.
Maui Pasta began having lease issues and even a severe electrical fire, and needed a new home, but was unable to find appropriate rental space on the island. Concurrently, best friends Patricia and Stephen, decided to become husband and wife. Stephen, Patricia, and business partner Debra closed Maui Pasta in Hawaii, and opened a new business, Maui Pasta Arizona, in Patricia and Debra’s new home, Scottsdale.
At their business’ new location at The Shops at Gainey Ranch, the trio will be opening a Factory Café and Take-Out Restaurant serving fresh pastas, sauces, baked goods, panini, award-winning dips, and homemade desserts.
They make their own ricotta and mascarpone cheeses for added freshness and delectability of their dishes! One mainstay of their menu on Maui that they look forward to offering here are “Family Meals” – fresh, hot and healthy dinners for four or six, that folks can call in and take home to their families. They will also provide a marketplace, selling the same fresh and uncooked pastas, sauces, baked goods, dips, and desserts, where customers can stop by for a meal they can make for themselves at home. Their pride is that their food is always fresh, with no added preservatives.
Patricia has a saying that is important to her and everything that Maui Pasta produces – “If it is not made with Love, it is not Italian food,” and assures that “every customer that enters our establishment will be treated with Aloha!” As customers arrive, they will be able to watch pasta and baked goods being produced as part of their dining experience.
Maui Pasta at the Shops at Gainey Ranch will open at 7am to offer specialty coffee drinks and freshly baked Italian confections, and will remain open through lunch and dinner, offering a full menu, along with grab and go meals and “express meals” to serve the employees of local businesses who want a quick bite. They will also offer catering, and are working towards a liquor license in order to have a small wine bar in the evenings. Maui Pasta will open mid-February.
Read and Listen to more about Maui Pasta’s Transition to Scottsdale:
- Maui Now : Maui Pasta Company: From a Dream to a Legacy
- Maui Now : The Legacy Lives on at Maui Pasta Company
- Maui Now : “A Hui Hou” as Maui Pasta Company Closes