Daily Archives: April 5, 2010

Farm-to-table restaurant opening in Winslow

Sound Food’s Carolyn Goodwin uncovered some exciting culinary news about a new “farm-to-table” restaurant opening in Winslow next month.

“My curiosity was piqued today by a new sign on the papered-over Winslow Way windows of what was Gibilaro’s, then Isabella’s, now closed. Mysteries always intrigue me, so I dashed home to do some sleuthing” Goodwin wrote in a recent Sound Food blog post.

She learned it’s name is Hitchock and its owner is chef Brendan McGill, who has worked in several high-end Seattle restaurants and studied the foody arts in Spain, Italy and France.

Goodwin also tracked down Hitchcock’s “help wanted” ad for some more info:

“So what does McGill have in mind for Bainbridge Island? His help-wanted ad on Craigslist (he’s looking for a cook, a bartender, and a server) offers some hints about his farm-to-table concept: ‘The centerpiece of the kitchen is an applewood-fired oven that we’ll use to roast fish, vegetables & meats to order. We’ll be making fresh pasta daily, working an in-house charcuterie program, butchering small animals procured from local farms and using them to their fullest extent. All desserts are made in-house.'”

Hitchcock already has a website, hitchcockrestaurant.com, where you can read more about the chef/owner and see a preliminary menu.

A last long (cinematic) look at the Moran School theater

The city put a hold on plans to demolish the 92-year-old Moran School theater building. But the hold isn’t likely to hold.

The city Historic Preservation Commission, which opposes the demolition, expects the building will likely fall once its owner, University Place-based Soundcare, gets the permit in order. More on that HERE.

The commission is trying to initiate a discussion with Soundcare on possible ways of preserving and improving the building. They haven’t had much luck getting a hold of Soundcare, and neither have I.

Those wishing for a glimpse of the building before it’s gone can check out Farewell to Harry. The 2002 feature-length independent film had the bulk of its interior scenes shot inside the building, which doubled as a 1950s-era hat factory.

Click on the above clip to see Farewell to Harry’s trailer. The shots you see of a large, open room and of a old-style theater (toward the end) are from the Moran building.

The trailer’s hallway shots, where actors are peeking or crashing into secret hat-filled rooms, were also shot there.

The full movie (on DVD) is available at Silver Screen Video and at the Bainbridge Public Library.