Area Director – North Carolina
Justin Shoener moved to the Queen City from Orlando, Florida and is the area director for North Carolina. 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 Area Director, 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.