Category Archives: Eating and Drinking

Salad-to-go shop expanding to Silverdale

Barely seven months after opening in Poulsbo, owners of a salad-to-go shop are planning a second location in Silverdale.

b0012681003-278298Greens On Your Way founder Jenn Fredericksen signed a lease Friday on the  9517 Silverdale Way space recently vacated by Genuine Burgers. 

Fredericksen plans to sell her grab-and-go gourmet salads at the shop, along with wraps, pita sandwiches, soups, smoothies and espresso.

The new location could open in October.

“Hopefully Silverdale will be a good spot for us,” Fredericksen said.

Fredericksen, who also owns latte stands in North Kitsap, opened the first Greens On Your Way in February on Poulsbo’s Viking Avenue.

b0012681071-45912The business applies the coffee stand model to fresh-made salads, allowing drivers to grab packaged greens on the go. The shop encourages customers to pre-order their salads online, further streamlining sales.

Fredericksen said the concept caught on in Poulsbo, despite the shop being located on the edge of town.

“The feedback has been great,” she said.

The Silverdale Way space doesn’t have a drive-thru, but Fredericksen said two parking stalls will be designated as drive up spaces, where customers can have salads delivered to their car window.

You can check the Greens On Your Way Facebook page for updates.

Genuine Burgers calls it quits in Silverdale

b0012681623-683837Silverdale’s Genuine Burgers was a bold culinary experiment.

The restaurant served traditional fast-food fare with a slow-food philosophy, making nearly everything on its menu — the burgers, buns, milkshakes, fries, even ketchup  — from scratch each day.

b0012681629-651327The staff ground grass-fed beef each morning for the fresh burger patties, which were cooked a full 15 minutes on lower heat to avoid drying out the meat.

“We do things a little bit differently here,” owner Stephen Foster-Shaner told the Kitsap Sun’s Terri Gleich in an interview earlier this year.

The experiment didn’t work out in the end.

Foster-Shaner closed Genuine Burgers on Sunday citing a multitude of factors:

You can read our February profile of Genuine Burgers here.

Local food market adding Kingston location

kitsapfreshlogoKitsap Fresh is adding a Kingston location, just in time for the fall harvest.

The local food co-op, which allows members to order online from local farms and pickup produce from a central distribution hub, will celebrate the launch of a new pickup site at Downpour Brewing in Kingston from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Prospective members can learn more about Kitsap Fresh at the event, which will also feature live music and specials on beer growlers.

Kingston is the third location for Kitsap Fresh, which also has pickup spots in Poulsbo and Bremerton. More are planned. 

Downpour is located at 10991 NE State Hwy 104, next to The Cup & Muffin.

New owner plans relaunch for popular Suquamish pizzeria

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Sunrise from a table at Bella Luna

A new owner plans to relaunch Suquamish’s Bella Luna Pizzeria this month, rebranding the waterfront restaurant as Scratch Kitchen.

Lisa Hunt Ledbetter, who served as manager of Bella Luna for a year and a half, bought the business from former owners Bob and Kari Rowden in June.

In a farewell post on Facebook, the Rowdens thanked patrons for their support over 17 years, adding that “it’s been one hell of a ride.”

103_34621-300x277Hunt Ledbetter said she hopes to broaden the appeal of the restaurant, but her Scratch Kitchen won’t start entirely from scratch.

Fans of Bella Luna’s pizza will be comforted to know the pizza recipes will remain intact.

Scratch Kitchen will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The eatery will have an Internet café vibe in the morning, with coffee, fresh baked goods, Wi-Fi, and perhaps a new seating area in the back room.

Hunt Ledbetter plans to expand the breakfast and lunch menus with more pasta recipes. Scratch Kitchen, as the name suggests, will emphasize locally-sourced produce and dishes made from whole ingredients, complemented by a selection of local beers (and kombucha.)

Hunt Ledbetter said she is a little nervous making changes to a restaurant that already has a strong following, but she believes Suquamish will embrace a fresh concept.

“I feel like in smaller communities, like the one we live in, people love something new,” she said.  “… I’m only going to expand on what Bob had, and keep it going.”

Work on a light remodel will begin this weekend. Hunt Ledbetter said the makeover will include new floors, new paint inside and out, and a revamp of the back room used for trivia nights and live music.

The restaurant should remain open throughout the project. Scratch Kitchen is tentatively scheduled to debut Sept. 12.

Check out the Bella Luna page on Facebook for updates.

New owner, new name for Bremerton’s Wobbly Hopps Brewery

bremertonbreweries01_27506929_ver1.0_640_480One of Kitsap County’s newest breweries is set for a relaunch.

Wobbly Hopps Brewery, which opened on Fourth Street in Bremerton last fall, will change hands at the end of August and be rebranded as Dog Days Brewing sometime in the next few months.

Wobbly Hopps owners Jon and Sheree Jankowski are selling the business to fellow brewing enthusiast Jeffery Scott of Port Orchard. Scott takes the helm Sept. 1, just in time for Blackberry Festival.

The Jankowskis originally planned to hire a professional brewer to oversee operations at Wobbly Hopps, but that never came to pass. Jon said the couple has too many other interests and obligations, including full-time jobs, to carry on running the brewery.

“I haven’t mowed my lawn in a year,” he said.

Jon believes Scott will preserve the friendly atmosphere and unorthodox brews customers enjoy at Wobbly Hopps.

“I waited until someone came along who I could trust to take it over,” Jon said.

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Jeff Scott brewing at Wobbly Hopps

Scott said he’s been homebrewing for five years and worked an apprenticeship at Sound Brewery in Poulsbo.

He was considering opening another brewery in downtown Bremerton before striking a deal with the Jankowskis.

Scott will take over a five-barrel brewing system and a lively taproom with an outdoor seating area. He’ll continue serving Wobbly Hopps’ beers at first, while gradually adding his own recipes to the mix.

Scott’s first beer, a “Dog With No Name IPA” is already brewing for the Sept. 1 opening.

“I can’t wait to serve some beer to the neighborhood,” Scott said.

Check the Wobbly Hopps and Dog Days Brewing Facebook pages for updates. And keep an eye on this blog for more Bremerton brewery news coming soon.

Kingston-based CB’s Nuts featured in WSJ

cbnuts3_18377479_ver1.0_640_480A simple business strategy landed CB’s Nuts in the pages of The Wall Street Journal.

The Kingston-based company’s peanut butter was featured in art accompanying a story about food makers marketing products that incorporate a small number of ingredients.

It’s hard to get simpler than CB’s Nuts peanut butter, which uses just one ingredient. (Spoiler alert: It’s peanuts.)

“That’s part of the beauty of our products,” said CB’s Nuts President Tami Bowen told me during a recent interview. “They’re really simple, they’re low input, they’re fresh, they’re clean, so they have a really broad appeal.”

cbnuts2_18377478_ver1.0_640_480Much, much larger corporations are adopting a similar philosophy, according to the WSJ’s Anne Marie Chaker.

Industry juggernauts Hershey Co., ConAgra and General Mills are all pushing products with fewer additives, and using slimmed-down ingredients lists as a marketing tool.

“Instead of burying ingredient lists in the fine print on the back of the package, food manufacturers are trumpeting simpler formulas prominently on the label’s front,” Chaker writes. Read the full story here.

In other CB’s Nuts news, you may have noticed a Northwest-themed mural painted on a storage container outside the company’s Bond Road headquarters.

Malolo Design (also based in Kingston) posted a cool time-lapse video showing the creation of the mural earlier this year:

Whiskey Creek Steak House closes; pizzeria coming

whiskey.creekwhiskey.creek.signWhiskey Creek Steak House, a Keyport restaurant that experienced a brief and ill-fated brush with reality TV fame in 2012, has shut down for good.

A sign on the front door says the steakhouse closed Aug. 5, “to give the new owners time to make changes on the building to start their new adventure.”

That adventure, according the sign, will be a restaurant called Trendy’s Pizzeria, described as “an authentic East Coast eatery.”

Whiskey Creek had been in business since the 1990s and gained national exposure in 2012 when it received a makeover from Food Network program “Restaurant: Impossible:”

The TV show crew stripped Whiskey Creek of its kitschy Old West interior and nixed popular menu items.

The owners came to regret changes made by “Restaurant: Impossible.” They moved the restaurant to a larger space across the highway in 2013 and later turned the business over to employees.

Whiskey Creek closed without fanfare last week. It’s website and social media pages are already offline.

I’m hoping to get in touch with owners of Trendy’s to learn more about their plans.

Starbucks, Sherwin Williams stores approved in Poulsbo

rpi retailPoulsbo has approved plans for a retail complex that will house a Starbucks coffee shop and Sherwin-Williams paint store.

The stores will be constructed on a parcel directly north of CVS, off the intersection of Highway 305 and Hostmark Street (see inset image).

Starbucks will get a 2,000-square-foot shop with drive through. Sherwin-Williams will occupy a 4,000-square-foot space.

The Poulsbo planning director approved the project Aug. 1, according to a notice published by the city.

The applicant is PacLand-Seattle, which initially submitted plans for a coffee shop and restaurant on the site.

CVS sold the 1-acre parcel to Seattle-based RPI Poulsbo LLC. at the end of June for $1.175 million, according to county documents.

Sherwin Williams already signed a 10-year lease agreement with RPI Poulsbo, with a projected start date of May 2017.

I included a little more context in my original post on this project.

Bainbridge pizzeria featured on Forbes

B0012876307--549344Forbes.com contributor Micah Solomon interviewed a Bainbridge Island pizzeria owner for an in-depth look at customer service in the pizza business.

That’s A Some Pizza owner Will Grant told Solomon about the importance of maintaining quality service in a fast-paced environment, and how Yelp reviews used to keep him up at night.

Grant also recalled the time his Winslow Way shop received a barrage of prank phone calls from Green Bay Packers fans, all ordering cheese pizzas.

You can read the full interview here. 

Sadly, they don’t discuss That’s A Some Pizza’s recent rollout of a beer delivery service.

Corner Bakery opening in Silverdale as part of Washington expansion

Corner-Bakery-Cafe-Counter-ViewA Corner Bakery Cafe opening in Silverdale on Aug. 1 will be the second Washington location for the rapidly-growing chain.

The cafe will open in a space near the entrance to The Trails at Silverdale shopping center.

Corner Bakery’s menu includes pastries, hot breakfasts, sandwiches, soups, paninis, salads and pastas. Food is made to order and served at tables. Online ordering and catering also are available.

UnknownAccording to the release, the first 100 customers who visit the shop on opening day will receive a free travel mug with free coffee refills for a year, and have the chance to win free panini and pancakes for a year. The shop opens at 7 a.m. Aug. 1.

The Silverdale Corner Bakery Cafe is owned by franchise group Northwest Corner, LLC., according to a news release.

Northwest Corner opened the first Corner Bakery in Washington in Tukwila earlier this year, and plans establish 16 in the state.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Corner Bakery Cafe’s fresh, flavorful food to the West Sound community,” Jayson Levich with Northwest Corner said in the release. “Corner Bakery Cafe serves the kind of food people will crave after they try it.”

Founded in 1991, Corner Bakery has about 200 locations nationwide. The Dallas-based chain was purchased by an Atlanta private equity firm in 2011, according to its website.

Click here for the latest Trails at Silverdale business locations.

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