Lane Muraoka has turned his community minded philosophy into a business with a big heart and big success. Big City Diner has grown into 4 locations and big plans for the future. Big City Diner helps employ, train and support people that have fallen on tough times but are still good people. This was recognized by the Division of Vocational Rehab’s employee and employer of the year award that they won.

Hear Lane discuss how it was to go from being an employee to becoming a business owner. Learn how he determined their key locations and what he thinks is crucial to the success of a restaurant. More importantly, let Lane share his philosophy and winning attitude to get more out of your team and work.

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Lane Muraoka
President & Owner
Big City Diner Restaurants
4 locations: Kaimuki, Kailua, Ward Entertainment, Waipio Gentry, Pearlridge (Opening August 2006)

Professional Experience: Pizza Bob’s / Rosie’s Cantina
Steamer’s Seafood Restaurant (Haleiwa & Honolulu)
Position: General Manager/Partner
Date: 1990-1997

Wally Wok (Honolulu)
Position: Vice President/Partner with Wally Chung
Date: 1987-2002

Quality Inn Hotels Waikiki
Position: Food & Beverage Manager
Date: 1986-1987

Collin’s Foods International
Josephina’s Italian Restaurant & Bar (Denver, Co.)
Position: Restaurant/Kitchen Manager
Date: 1985-1986

Stouffer Restaurants (Cleveland & Chicago)
Position: Assistant Manager
Date: 1984-1985

TGI Friday’s (Honolulu & Denver)
Position: Line/Prep Cook, Dishwasher, Busser
Dates: 1980-1984

Flamingo Chuckwagon Restaurant (Honolulu)
Position: Dishwasher
Date: 1979-1980

Education: B.S.B.A.
Denver University

Iolani School

Business Activities: Hawaii Restaurant Association
Position: Member
1990 – Present

Extracurricular Activities: Boxing/Swimming
Sport Events
Family Time

Biographical Data: Birthplace: Kailua, Hawaii
Birth date: July 17, 1962
Married: (Marynell “Murphy”)
Children’s names: Ian (5 yrs.) & Eli (2 yrs.)


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