Team Member Spotlight: Kelly Kukaj

Kelly Kukaj is the General Manager at Café Villa; a full-service restaurant in our 40North Division located in Chatham, New Jersey.

On April 4 , 2019 Kelly celebrated his 25th year at VRG. Kelly tells his career story with such passion. When he was hired, he said he was just looking for an opportunity to work and VRG gave that to him. He started as a dishwasher and as he learned the business VRG gave him the opportunity to grow with the company. He worked his way through different positions until ultimately becoming the General Manager at Café Villa the same restaurant he started in 25 years ago.

Kelly’s says integrity is his favorite of all the VRG Core Values. He is an honest and sincere individual and that is how he runs his restaurant. He believes doing things for the right reason is the only way to manage.

When he was asked what has kept him at VRG for 25 years his reply was, it is the family culture where everyone is treated with respect. There is a lot of integrity within the company and they care about their employees and their continued growth.

Kelly’s District Manager, Marina Scotto, said Kelly has remained loyal to the company for the 25 years he has been with us, and has demonstrated a desire to learn and grow with the company. His dedication to helping Café Villa success and the respect he has shown to his Team Members and co-workers is an example for all of us. It is a pleasure working with him and I look forward to continuing to help him succeed.