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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.

Bakery and café opens in downtown Poulsbo

11221393_880309165391838_2150552062052619352_nAnyone looking for a fresh-baked treat or a full “lumberjack breakfast” has a new eatery to try in Poulsbo.

The Fat Apple Bakery and Café held a “very soft” opening Wednesday  at 18996 Front Street, a space formerly home to Liberty Bay Bakery. 

Fat Apple is open for breakfast and lunch. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Manager Karin Buchanan said the café is focused on delivering fresh food in generous portions.

“Everything is house made,” Buchanan said, “the breads, the pastries. We roast our own turkey breast, roast beef and ham …”

Fat Apple is a brick-and-mortar successor to Barb’s Sweets and Treats, a farmers market stand run by Barbara Wilson. Wilson leased the Front Street space earlier this year.

The new bakery and café is operating on a limited menu for now, as staff get the kitchen dialed in. An official grand opening will likely be held in August.

Check the Fat Apple page on Facebook for updates.

Cupcake bakery opens on Kitsap Way

cupcakesThe cupcake craze is supposed to be over, right?

Baker Trisha O’Meara isn’t buying it.

“People always say that,” she said. “Then they come in and eat cupcakes.”

O’Meara just opened her cupcake shop, Goody Cottage, in a little house in Kitsap Lake Junction, across the street from the Red Apple grocery store. She transplanted the business from Southern California, where she first started selling cupcakes out of a converted ice cream van.

O’Meara bakes cupcakes in a few dozen different flavors, and whips up batches of Parisian macarons (not to be confused with macaroons), gourmet cookies, breakfast muffins, and tres leches cakes served in Ball jars.

She plans to keep store hours Tuesday through Saturday at 6715 Kitsap Way. Orders can be placed seven days a week for curbside pickup.

Goody Cottage can be reached at 760-672-6405, and found on Facebook and on Yelp.

Shop hours were updated in this post.