Owners of Bainbridge Island’s Café Nola are branching out to
High School Road, opening a restaurant in a space formerly occupied
by Island Grill.
The new Plate & Pint restaurant is expected to open next
spring, according to a news release. It will be a family-friendly
eatery and sports bar. The 3,000-square-foot interior of the
old Island Grill will be renovated, and outdoor seating will be
added, according to the release.
Café Nola co-owner Whitey Warren said Island Village location
offers a place amid Bainbridge’s busy commercial hub.
“We’ve been eyeing the Island Grill for some time, thinking it
was a great location for our new concept,” Warren said in the
The Plate & Pint will replace
a less-than-family-friendly sports bar.
The Island Grill featured a popular bar and an Asian-fusion
menu. The grill was beloved by its regulars but also
the inspiration for some pretty hair-raising
Café Nola is a European-style bistro that’s earned a strong
reputation over the past 15 years, while holding down prime
real estate at the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue.
The creation of the new restaurant is part of an overall effort
to reinvigorate the Island Village shopping center, which also
includes Safeway and Rite Aid.
Renaissance Group bought the development with another partner
in 2012 and has added a Starbucks, Westside Pizza, Verizon
Wireless and Hildebrand Cleaners, while generally sprucing up the