Director of Operations
Justin Shoener moved to the Queen City from Orlando, Florida to join O-Ku Charlotte as the director of operations. With 22 years of experience in the culinary industry, Justin takes southern hospitality to a new level and ensures guests have a memorable dining experience.
His passion for customer service is driven by a desire to help others create “wow moments.” From being a part of celebrations to welcoming new diners to O-Ku Charlotte, Justin enjoys being a part of it all. As Director of Operations, he is excited to work with the staff to create a welcoming restaurant for all diners.
Prior to moving to Charlotte and joining O-Ku, Justin spent 11 years as the director of operations for a restaurant group in Orlando. During his time with the group, he opened several restaurants and oversaw a variety of concepts. Initially starting his hospitality career as a dishwasher and working his way up to server and then management, Justin has a unique understanding of the behind-the- scenes effort needed to run a successful restaurant. He is excited to bring that passion and knowledge to O-Ku.
When not at O-Ku, Justin enjoys making his own memories with his wife and two kids. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, he is a huge Green Bay Packers fan and enjoys ice hockey.