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Silverdale Chipotle, Total Wine will open in March


Update: A Chipotle spokeswoman said the Silverdale opening has been pushed to Saturday, March 12.

Another wave of stores are set to open next month in The Trails at Silverdale shopping center.

Chipotle Mexican Grill will debut March 10, according to a spokeswoman. So will beverage retailer Total Wine and More.

totalwineMOD Pizza, a Seattle-based, made-to-order pizza chain, expects to launch its Trails location March 18.

The county has issued tenant improvement permits to Corner Bakery Café, Forever 21, Verizon, DSW and Sleep Number, allowing those companies to begin outfitting their stores.

A representative for developer CenterCal Properties confirmed Old Navy also is planning a Trails store.

Silverdale Smiles Dentistry was the most recent business to open at the Greaves Way shopping center, joining Blazing Onion, Homegoods, Ulta Beauty and AT&T.

Centercal has yet to announce tenants for a few remaining retail spaces, including a planned grocery store. The developer began work on The Trails in August 2014.

The opening of Chipotle — the first west of Puget Sound — has been highly anticipated since it was announced last summer. But the chain’s reputation took a beating this winter as a series of E. coli and norovirus outbreaks were linked to its restaurants.

According to the New York Times, Chipotle turned to food safety specialist Mansour Samadpour to overhaul its safety protocols. Samadpour is a familiar name in Kitsap. He owns prominent properties in downtown Port Orchard.

Chipotle is posting food safety information here.

Hitchcock pizzeria expanding to old Winslow hardware

As we recently reported, the long-vacant Winslow Hardware space on Bainbridge Island is being renovated to accommodate a restaurant and offices. 

Now we know what restaurant will be moving in.

Hitchcock owner and chef Brendan McGill announced on Facebook that his pizzeria popup Bruciato will open as a standalone restaurant in the old hardware this summer:

With full hearts and tremendous gratitude, allow us to introduce our new home in the heart of Winslow Way. That's…

Posted by Bruciato on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The 6,350-square-foot hardware had been owned by Storyville Coffee, which for years teased islanders with promises of a café “coming soon.”

Storyville sold the property to California developer Joseph Lacko for $1.73 million this winter. Lacko planned to subdivide the space and bring on two tenants.

We’ll have more on this story soon.

Poulsbo café adding Bainbridge location

A popular Winslow café has moved. A busy Poulsbo café is expanding to take its place.

Roosters Café closed its Bjune Drive location this month and moved in with Thuy’s Pho House on Madison Avenue.

Emma and Wanda Winker

Roosters will be replaced on Bjune by Cups Espresso Café, which opened its first shop on Poulsbo’s Front Street in 2012. Cups owners hope to open on Bainbridge by mid-February.

Business at Cups in Poulsbo has grown 60 percent in the past three years, according to a news release. Owners Wanda and Sean Winker were looking for an opportunity to launch a second shop on the island.

“We’re excited to expand our operations to Bainbridge Island,” Wanda Winker said in the release.

“We have lived on Bainbridge more than six-years and it has been our goal to find the ideal location to serve our community with the same success we’ve had in Poulsbo.”

The Bainbridge Cups will offer the same selection of food and beverages as its Poulsbo counterpart, including Caffé Umbria espresso, beer, wine, pastries, quiche, strata, and sandwiches. Catering will be available.

See the Cups website and Facebook page for more updates.

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Liberty Bay Books is staying in Bremerton

books3_26076674_ver1.0_640_480 A Poulsbo bookseller is giving Bremerton readers the best gift they could hope for.

Liberty Bay Books, which operated a pop-up bookstore on Pacific Avenue for the last three months, has decided to stick around town.

books1_26076676_ver1.0_640_480Owner Suzanne Droppert said the response from Bremerton shoppers during the holiday season was encouraging.

“We received a really warm welcome for everyone who stopped in,” Droppert said in an email Monday. 

Liberty Bay Books will remain at 409 Pacific Ave. at least through January, while looking for a permanent home downtown.

Droppert said the landlord is looking for a tenant to lease the Liberty Bay Books space and an adjacent suite together, which is more room than the bookstore needs. When a new tenant is found, Liberty Bay Books will move to another location.

The Bremerton Liberty Bay Books store will begin hosting events and clubs early in the New Year.

You can find updates on the Liberty Bay Books Facebook page. 

Larry Steagall photos

Silverdale Blazing Onion set for Dec. 21 opening

blazing.onion.barUpdate: Blazing Onion opened a day early on Sunday, according to a Facebook post. 

A Blazing Onion burger grill and whiskey bar will become the first restaurant to open in The Trails at Silverdale development next week.

Blazing Onion is set to open Monday near the Greaves Way entrance.

3a1c5e55-de3e-4b1c-bfda-cf459a4e575a_mSilverdale will be the seventh location for the fast-casual chain, which launched in Mill Creek in 2007 (the Everett Herald has a nice company history here). Some Kitsap diners may already be familiar with the Blazing Onion in Gig Harbor.

Co-founder David Jones said Blazing Onion had been looking for a Central Kitsap location and jumped on the chance to move into The Trails.

“We’d been watching Silverdale for a while,” he said.

Jones said the Silverdale restaurant stands out from its predecessors in a couple of ways.

The Trails restaurant is the first franchised Blazing Onion location — it’s owned by a small group of partners. Jones said the company will probably franchise more stores if the model proves successful in Silverdale.

The Trails Blazing Onion will also be the first to incorporate a whiskey lounge. The bar touts more than 200 varieties of whiskey, bourbon and Scotch.

“I was trying to change things up a little bit,” Jones said.

Blazing Onion emphasizes Northwest ingredients and makes its food from scratch. Jones said the chain uses 100 percent natural ground chuck in its burgers. Salads, soups and sandwiches round out the menu.

Technology has also become a hallmark for the chain. Jones said Blazing Onion is currently testing an iPad ordering system, which could be rolled out in Silverdale in early 2016.

Blazing Onion will be one of several restaurants in The Trails development. So far a Chipotle, Corner Bakery Café and MOD Pizza have been announced. (See the latest on Trails tenants here).

Check the Blazing Onion Facebook page for updates on the Silverdale restaurant.

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H&M opens Dec. 17 at Kitsap Mall

hmSwedish clothing retailer H&M will open in Kitsap Mall at noon on Dec. 17.

The 23,000-foot store will be H&M’s eighth Washington location, according to a news release. It will launch with a staff of about 30.

H&M carries men’s and women’s apparel, and the store will have special departments devoted to accessories, maternity, sport apparel, and a plus-size line.

GRAPHICS TEMPLATEThe retailer touts “fashion-forward apparel at affordable prices.”

H&M opened its first U.S. store in New York City 15 years ago and has added more than 400 locations across the country since then.

The Silverdale opening was originally slated for November, but was later pushed to this month. About 11,000-square-feet were added to the mall’s footprint to accommodate H&M.

H&M joins a Kitsap Mall clothing store roster that includes JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Sears.

The Kitsap Mall H&M can be reached at 360-698-2555. Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Here’s the latest on Trails at Silverdale tenants

1129_TrailsUpdate_KSThe first stores (Ulta, Homegoods and AT&T) debuted at The Trails at Silverdale about a month ago. Since then we’ve gathered a few more updates on future opening dates and expected tenants.

The graphic above shows the latest info confirmed by developer CenterCal Properties LLC. (click to enlarge).

Here are a few key updates:

  • A 5,300-square-foot space near the entrance, initially slated to become one restaurant, has been divided into three spaces. Tenants there haven’t been announced but will open in spring of 2016.

We’ll keep posting announcements as we get them. You can sign up for email alerts using the widget on the right-hand side of this page.

Qdoba opens Friday in Kitsap Mall

qdoba-mexican-eats-logo_largeA Qdoba Mexican Eats will become the newest addition to Kitsap Mall‘s revamped dining lineup.

The fast-casual Mexican restaurant will open at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Qdoba moved into a 3,000-square-foot space near the food court and hired 31 employees, according to a spokeswoman.

The restaurant will serve Qdoba’s typical lineup of burritos, tacos and nachos. The chain touts its policy of not charging extra for sauces like guacamole and salsa. Qdoba also provides catering.

Qdoba is holding a canned food drive in conjunction with its opening to benefit local food banks. Customers who bring three or more cans of food to the restaurant, Monday through Thursday during the month of November,  will receive a free order of chips and queso.

Founded in Denver in 1995, Qdoba was acquired by Jack in the Box in 2003. The Qdoba chain has more than 600 stores in 47 states. About half are franchised. More than 50 new stores were expected to open in 2015, according to a 2014 annual report.

Qdoba is one of a few new chain restaurants to join Kitsap Mall this year. Buffalo Wild Wings opened in February. Potbelly Sandwich Shop debuted in September.

Qdoba will have more competition in Silverdale soon with a Chipotle restaurant expected to open in The Trails at Silverdale shopping center in early 2016.

You can see Qdoba’s full opening announcement below: Continue reading

Poulsbo MD opening direct primary care practice

Dr. Peter Lehmann

Dr. Peter Lehmann wanted to practice for another 30 years, but he knew he wasn’t going to make it at the pace he was going.

The grind of tending to dozens of patients each day took a physical toll on the 52-year-old family doctor, who 10 years ago was diagnosed with a rare adult form of muscular dystrophy.

“I want to be a doctor until I’m 80,” he said over coffee Monday. “But I had to start thinking about what I’m going to do, because I can’t keep up the pace.”

Lehmann needed to find a way to slow down while still making a living. He thinks he’s found a solution in direct primary care, an emerging (or perhaps re-emerging) health care model in which patients pay their provider a flat monthly fee for their care.

On Jan. 1, Lehmann will leave The Doctors Clinic in Poulsbo, where he’s been a longtime partner, to open his own direct primary care office next door. Lehmann said he’s kept his partners at The Doctors Clinic apprised of his plans and the split will be amicable.

Lehmann’s Vintage Direct Primary Care practice will be among the first of its kind in Kitsap. He’ll employ roughly the same model as the Manette Clinic, which opened in Bremerton this fall (you can read my story on the clinic here.)

Like the Manette Clinic, Lehmann’s patients will pay a flat monthly fee ($50 for adults) to cover their basic primary care needs. There will be no copays and insurance will never be billed.

VintageDirectPrimaryCare-LogoPatients will pay for things like lab work and medications at cost. They will still be encouraged to carry catastrophic insurance plans to cover emergencies.

Lehmann currently sees between 2,000 and 2,500 patients. He expects to reduce that number to between 500 and 600 at his new practice. Ideally he’ll see about five to six patients in the office each day, while also providing phone consultations and making old-fashioned house calls.

A key premise of direct primary care is that doctors can afford to see fewer patients, and spend more time with each, by ditching the massive overhead costs associated with insurance billing.

“That’s the biggest thing that this model offers, you can give patients time,” Lehmann said.

Like many devotees, Lehman sees the direct care model as a possible cure for what’s ailing family medicine. Fewer medical students are entering the field because of the high patient volumes being pushed on doctors he said. The pay is also lower than in specialty fields.

Lehmann said direct primary care could make the profession more attractive.

“I actually view it as a long-term solution,” he said. “This will bring an excitement back to primary care.”

Town Hall Meeting

Dr. Lehmann will hold a town hall-style meeting from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Poulsbo City Hall to discuss the direct primary care model. The public is welcome.

Poulsbo bookstore testing Bremerton location

Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo

Bremerton is a city of 40,000 residents and zero bookstores (well, at least the family-friendly kind).

That will change Saturday when Poulsbo-based Liberty Bay Books opens a holiday pop-up store at 409 Pacific Ave.

The store will only be open in November and December, but Liberty Bay Books owner Suzanne Droppert said she would consider opening a permanent downtown Bremerton location if the pop-up proves popular.

“We’ll see if the readers of Bremerton want a bookstore,” Droppert said.

Liberty Bay Books is taking over a 750-square-foot space next to Hot Java Café. Droppert said her staff will stock the pop-up store with a wide selection of new books, cards and games, then tailor the inventory based on response from shoppers. Customers will also be able to special order books and pick them up at the shop.

Droppert said she likes the eclectic mix of restaurants, retailers and art galleries along Pacific, and thinks a bookstore would fit in well.

“(People) want to see some personality back in downtown Bremerton and we want to bring that personality,” she said.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, beginning Oct. 31. You can check out Liberty Bay Book’s Facebook page for updates, and watch for a full story in the Kitsap Sun.

What was Bremerton’s last bookstore?

We’ve done some digging in our archives trying to determine the name of Bremerton’s last dedicated bookstore, and what year it closed. We’ve come up with a few candidates but no definitive answer yet.

If you have an idea, please drop a comment below or email me at tad.sooter@kitsapsun.com