Daily Archives: September 23, 2009

Sun’s food critic gives Four Swallows high marks

The recent closing of Madoka, that pan-Asian fine dining establishment on the west end of Winslow Way, was “a sad blow for Bainbridge gastronomy,” writes Kitsap Sun food critic Bernard Jacobson in his most recent review.

Fortunately, the island has at least one other place on par with Madoka. Four Swallows, a restaurant combining Italian methods with Northwest ingredients, serves up dishes that are “superbly cooked and quite delicious” Jacobson writes. He also likes the setting, a 120-year-old house built by one of Winslow’s founders.

For Jacobson’s full Four Swallows review, click here.

Lawsuit could force city to triple sewer rates

The city is drafting an ordinance that would allow it to double or possibly triple Winslow sewer rates to fill a funding gap for the nearly-completed sewer plant upgrade.

A lawsuit and recent appeal from the Bainbridge Ratepayers Alliance has effectively blocked the city’s ability obtain the bond-funded portion of the project.

“The lawsuit appeal needlessly risks a financial crisis for the city and its sewer ratepayers,” City Councilman Barry Peters said.

Alliance members say the emergency rate hike would be unfair to sewer customers.

“To threaten them because we’re seeking justice and due democratic process is astounding,” said alliance member Sally Adams.

Read the full story here.