Eat at Joe’s

Businesses other than the ones listed in the Sunday story are for sale. A barbecue joint in downtown Bremerton is closed.
Normally I’m reluctant to do stories like this one, especially covering the restaurant industry. Restaurants are perhaps the most difficult to run. A lot, not necessarily the ones mentioned in the story, of people who dream of running an eatery have no idea what they’re in for. The hours are long, the equipment is expensive and the health requirements are (thankfully) strict.
Nonetheless the news about Simon August is noteworthy and the opening of JW’s in the old Black Angus space is too. And the owner of Posey’s certainly knows how to do her guerilla marketing.

In case you’re not familiar with that term, “guerilla marketing,” it refers to finding the cheapest and most effective ways to get the word out about your business.
Alycia Cohen called me two or three times before I responded, but she was persistent. She also had a special dinner for VIPs (She invited me. I declined.) and out of that she got a few mentions from the Bremerton City Council at its meeting Wednesday. All they did was say “thanks” and “good luck” to the business. It’s not exactly free publicity, because I’m sure the event wasn’t cheap. I also have no idea how many people watched the council meeting, but she got the word out.
At least one restaurant owner who is selling is bitter at all the attention downtown is getting. It was a restaurant that wasn’t mentioned in the Sunday story, but could be in a future piece. It doesn’t help that the most noteworthy addition (Anthony’s) is not Kitsap-based.

6 thoughts on “Eat at Joe’s

  1. Steve,
    What has happened with the restaurant in the Dietz Building?? I walk past it and see no activity inside.
    Great reporting on these issues, btw.

  2. Don-are you referring to PrimeTime or the possible future location of Dragonfish?

    I ate a JW’s the other night. For those who haven’t been, it’s got a really great atmosphere, great customer service, good menu selection, and excellent pricing–the food tastes great too.

    I really hope Simon August finds another home downtown. I use them exclusively for catering events and try to eat there at least once a week.

  3. Simon August is only selling their place on 6th street that is open for lunch during the week and where they do most of their catering from. The Metro in the Norm Dicks Building will remain open. They have a bigger location they are preparing for catering and a open produce market. Their focus is on catering (that is why they have not gone into a full restarant business) and they will continue that in their new location on Perry & 11th in Manette.

  4. GP and Steve,
    I was referring to the possible future location of Dragonfish – thank you for supplying the detail! What is happening with that venue??
    GP – thank you for the comments on JW’s, it is on my list to visit soon.

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