Town & Country Market released an artist’s rendering this
week for a proposed remodel of its iconic Winslow store.
The project will bring the market onto a single story and
generally modernize the 56-year-old building. The familiar
reader board sign on Winslow Way will remain intact.
announced the proposed remodel in 2012. The company filed an
initial project application with the city Thursday, according to a
news release. Remodeling work could begin in early 2014 depending
on the permit timeline.
Island architects Devin Johnson and Priscilla Zimmerman are
designing the project. Tom Chiado is project manager. Abbott
Construction of Seattle is the general contractor.
Company representatives say the extensive remodel signifies
T&C’s commitment to staying put in downtown Winslow.
“We feel now is the right time,” T&C Chairman Larry Nakata
said in the release. “We are fully committed to downtown and
recognize the store’s place in our island’s history. We want
to be part of Winslow’s exciting future.”
The Loverich and Nakata families opened the Winslow market in
1957. The store expanded in 1990, adding a cafe and floral
department. Town &
Country Markets now operates five stores.
Bainbridge Island’s Brendan McGill beat
out chefs from around the nation Tuesday to win the title of “The
People’s Best New Chef” from Food & Wine Magazine. McGill
is the owner of Hitchcock restaurant on Winslow Way and the
accompanying charcuterie and deli.
The Food & Wine competition featured chefs from 10 regions
across the United States. Online voting was open March 11-18.
In his Q&A for the contest, McGill credited local farmers
with shaping his cooking style:
“The farmers really drive the menu. I just buy what
they give me… It’s of the moment.” Truly, though, “This is more
like what Jacques Pépin’s mom did than some kind of
We featured Hitchcock in the Islander in 2011. You can read the
But after a rough first year, the Barclay brothers are carrying
on with their dream of opening a goat creamery on Bainbridge
Island. The brothers launched a
capital campaign this week on Kickstarter.com, aiming to raise
$32,000 to cover startup costs for their new dairy.
According to the campaign description, Coyote Farm Creamery will
produce Grade A raw goat milk and serve as a teaching farm for
families and school groups. Money raised from the campaign will
help the Barclays buy milking supplies, purchase commercial
refrigerators and upgrade outbuildings on the farm to meet city
code. If they can raise an additional $17,000, the Barclays
will purchase a small pasteurizer to produce yogurt and cheese.
It doesn’t hurt that this is kidding season and the Barclays
have plenty of adorable baby goat photos (see above) to aid their
cause. The first 50 donors of $100 or more get to name a newborn
goat. The campaign ends March 14.
Starting Thursday, retailers are no longer allowed to provide
those thin, single-use plastic bags at checkout. Paper bags will
still be available, but the ordinance requires retailers to charge
5 cents for larger paper bags (this doesn’t apply to qualifying low
There are a few exceptions to the ban. Plastic bags are allowed
for restaurant take-out food, produce, greeting cards, small
hardware items, newspapers, dry cleaning and waste.
What stores does this apply to?
Short answer: All of them. This ban applies to all retailers
across the island, not just supermarkets. It also applies to
farmers markets and vendors at festivals. Food banks can
still use plastic bags.
Where can I get reusable bags?
Reusable bags are available at island grocery stores and some
other retailers. The city is handing out
a cloth “Bainbridge Bag” tonight during the Winslow
trick-or-treat event from 4-6 p.m, and at the library and City Hall
blue-blooded microbrew pedigree (craft beer pioneer Thomas
Kemper Brewery started here), Bainbridge has fallen far behind its
Kitsap cousins in producing local brews.
Island native Russell Everett is hoping to change that. His
Bainbridge Island Brewing Company is set to open this spring in an
industrial area along Sportsman Club Road.
He’ll offer a line of five beers to bars and restaurants, and
have an on-site taproom for tastings and growler bottle
Everett graduated from law school in 2009 but found there’s more
demand for brewing than for lawyering.
“It’s grim right now for law grads,” he said. “But it’s a great
time for brewing. We’re in the middle of craft brewing
Everett has been brewing at home since 2003 and had a stint as
an assistant brewer at a Miami brewery.
He writes about his brewing (and other culinary) adventures at
his blog, Everett
Bainbridge Island Brewing Company’s initial menu will include a
German-style blond, English-style brown, Northwest-style pale ale,
India pale and a stout. Everett said the brewery will also include
a rotating lineup of experimental and seasonal beers.
Hitchcock, a local
foods fine-dining restaurant that opened on Winslow Way last year,
is in talks to expand into the next-door space recently occupied by
a bath supply boutique.
“I’ve got some big plans for a business that would be an
extension of Hitchcock, philosophically, but deliver the products
we’ve worked so hard to procure over the last year to consumers in
a different way,” said owner/chef Brendan McGill.
He said he’ll divulge specifics once a deal for the space is
McGill is also expanding Hitchcock’s hours to include lunchtime
service. The focus will be on traditional Neopolitan pizzas made in
the restaurant’s wood-fired oven.
“Lunch is a good excuse to crank the oven up for pizzas – good,
fast lunch food,” he said.
Lunch service is offered now on weekends. Once the
reconstruction project is done this fall, Hitchcock will begin
serving lunch during weekdays.
I profiled Hitchcock last year when three restaurants
specializing in local foods opened at the same time in Winslow. One
of the restaurants closed a few months after opening. Its space
will soon open as a
wine bar. Local
Harvest is still going strong in the Pavilion. You can read
about the little boom in local food restaurants
In other Winslow food news, Greg Atkinson (chef, author, regular
NPR guest) is opening a French restaurant on Madrone Lane, near
Mora ice cream. Read more in Rachel Pritchett’s recent
I stumbled across Seattle Weekly‘s recent review of the
Streamliner Diner. The restaurant gets only a quick (but positive)
mention at the bottom.
The rest of the review, as you can read
here, ruminates on how Michael Douglas’ 1994 film Disclosure
and his depiction of a wealthy dot-com ferry commuter put an end to
the island’s drug-fueled, wool-clad, javelin-armed days.
Remember those days? No? Well…lately not everything you read in
SW is particularly factual. Case in point: this week’s
story about King County’s “most dogmatic, bloodthirsty
Strangely enough, both stories (written by Mike Seely) seem to
be set in the same mythic place – a place overflowing with pure,
clean drugs, fresh meat and bearded men.
Well, Bremerton and Port Orchard are now facing their own
scourge of roadside baguettes. Thing is, the powers-that-be down in
those parts actually appear to welcome four-wheeled bread
Head over to
here to read about a breadmobile that operates with impunity in
the county’s south end.
Rather than hide their operation in dark alleyways, the owners
of “Loaf and Round” park
their brightly-colored bread van along busy streets. And they wear
big poofy hats that would be hard for any code enforcement officer
Everyday, more Kitsap mainlanders get hooked on Loaf and Round’s
40 varieties of bread.
Blackbird Bakery’s customers have long wished the
nearly-always-crowded coffee and lunch hangout would expand. That
wish will come true by mid-April with the opening of Fork and
Spoon, a new restaurant that borrows from Blackbird’s menu while
expanding it to include meat dishes, salads, beer and wine.
“This started as a way to grow our lunch business, which was
held back by seating capacity,” Blackbird co-owner Jeff Shepard
Fork and Spoon will take over the nearby Madrone Lane space
formerly occupied by Victor Alexander winery.
There will be no indoor connection to Blackbird’s Winslow Way
space, although the new restaurant will make use of Blackbird’s
The new location will have outdoor seating in an enclosed
Shepard said Fork and Spoon will use many local ingredients,
including Bainbridge eggs and vegetables.
Also set to open soon is Radish, a high-end restaurant run by
the former owners of Real Foods, which closed
closed a few months ago.
A new sandwich shop is set to open soon in Winslow Mall, but I
have little more detail than that.
Real Foods is closing
its cafe on Thursday. Its adjacent specialty grocery store will
shut down early next year.
The closures will add another empty store front to the Harbor Square development
on Winslow Way. The Harbor Square space formerly occupied by
Cafe Trios, which shut down during the summer of 2009, remains
Real Foods’ owners are planning to open a new restaurant and
retail business in the Island Gateway development taking shape a
block to the west, at the Winslow Way-Highway 305 intersection.
Think a visit to Bainbridge
Island, aka “one of the Northwest’s most happening destinations,”
is all about drinking wine at wine tasting rooms, and then drinking
wine at Fort Ward, and then drinking wine on wine tours and then
drinking wine with some boeuf bourguignon*?
No, it is not. It is also about going for a “glide around Eagle
Harbor in an electric cruise boat.” Don’t like electric boats?
Mostly want to find new ways of drinking more wine? Sorry, there is
“no excuse” but to glide in an electric boat.