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Party spot: New Woodlands restaurant draws bigwigs to the Waterway — Scottsdale power players included

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Food and beverage VP Chris Moran, from left, Kona Grill CEO Berke Bakay and district manager Michael Lawless at the Kona Grill opening. Photo by Chris Brown
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Dieter Lehmann, left, Cheryl Meriggi and Johnny Meriggi join the throng celebrating opening of Kona Grill in The woodlands. Photo by Chris Brown
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Adam Lund and Nichelle Baird at the Kona Grill opening in The Woodlands. Photo by Chris Brown
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The Kona Grill in The Woodlands opens to a rollicking holiday crowd of more than 150. Photo by Chris Brown
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Corporate chef Zach Bredemann and VP of operations Jenny Elkins celebrate The Woodlands' Kona Grill opening. Photo by Chris Brown
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Morgan Cole and Casey Snyder at the Kona Grill opening in The Woodlands. Photo by Chris Brown
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Shayne Newcomb, left, and Louis Perez at the Kona Grill in The Woodlands opening. Photo by Chris Brown
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Trent Meaux and Megan Lichenstein at the Kona Grill in The Woodlands opening. Photo by Chris Brown
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Jenny Elkins, left, and Cindy Pyun at the Kona Grill opening in The Woodlands. Photo by Chris Brown
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It might be a bit too chilly to enjoy the shaded patio, but the action inside the new Kona Grill in The Woodlands is up and running with its latest location delivering its signature American favorites and sushi offerings to that enclave considerably north of the first Houston Kona Grill location in the Galleria.

CEO Berke Bakay winged in from Kona Grill home base in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the opening night bash as did vice president of food and beverage Chris Moran, vice president of operations Jenny Elkins and corporate executive chef Zach Bredemann.

Some 150 casually-attired guests arrived at the new eatery on Waterway Square to sample tastes of some of the restaurants most popular dishes, passed by waiters, and to try the sushi that was presented on a dramatic ice sculpture.

Among those that ate, drank and were very merry were district manager Michael Lawless, general manager Shayne Newcomb, Casey Snyder, Morgan Cole, Trent Meaux, Megan Lichenstein, Jennifer Coleman, Michael Coleman, Steve Dove, Barry Millenson, Charles Mauro, Ryan Gable, Nichelle Baird, Christie Lawler, Evan Goldberg, Johnny Meriggi, Cheryl Meriggi and Dieter Lehmann.

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