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Moctezuma’s plans soft opening this week at Kitsap Mall

Diners can get their first taste of Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar in Silverdale this week.

The Kitsap Mall Moctezuma’s will hold a soft opening Wednesday afternoon, with a full opening tentatively scheduled for Friday or the weekend. Soft opening hours are 4-8 p.m.

“We’re definitely excited about opening and our staff is super excited,” Director of Operations Michael Goronkin said.

Moctezuma’s moved into an 8,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Hale’s Alehouse. Goronkin said Moctezuma’s hired about 130 employees to staff the Kitsap Mall restaurant.

Silverdale is the fourth location for the family-owned chain, which has restaurants in Gig Harbor, Southcenter and Tacoma.

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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Moctezuma’s restaurant opening in Kitsap Mall this fall

moctezumas45withLadyMoctezuma’s will bring its brand of fine Mexican dining to Kitsap Mall this fall.

The family-owned restaurant and tequila bar chain, which has locations in Gig Harbor, South Center and Tacoma, is moving into a 8,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Hale’s Alehouse.

13411826_1196363163730987_5738524364286351673_oMoctezuma’s Director of Operations Michael Goronkin said the company saw Silverdale as a vibrant market to expand into.

“It’s a growing community,” Goronkin said. “Restaurants out there have been really successful.”

The Kitsap Mall restaurant will be Moctezuma’s largest location to date, and will employ more than 100 workers, Goronkin said. Space in the restaurants is evenly divided between the tequila bar and dining room.

Goronkin said Moctezuma’s decor and food set it apart from other Mexican restaurants. Decorations are imported from Mexico. Food is made from scratch, using family recipes.

Amy_Johnson_-9152“We really focus on execution and make sure every dish pops,” he said “… it’s kind of an over-the-top experience. You feel like you’re in Mexico.”

Moctezuma’s will fully remodel the Kitsap Mall space before moving in. Goronkin said the process will take about five months, meaning the restaurant could open in November.

The previous tenant, Hale’s Ales, left Kitsap Mall but hasn’t departed Kitsap. The brewery recently established a distribution center in Bremerton, and plans to open a tasting room there in July.

You can check the Moctezuma’s Silverdale accounts on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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MOD Pizza opens Sunday at The Trails

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MOD Pizza will be the next restaurant up and running in The Trails at Silverdale, with a grand opening planned for noon Sunday.

The first 52 people in line will receive a free pizza or salad, and be entered to win free pizza for a year, according to a news release. MOD will donate all proceeds from pizza sales on its first day to the Paul Linder Educational Foundation, which supports Central Kitsap School District.

The Seattle-based, “made-on-demand” pizza chain was founded in 2008 and has grown in bounds. The company tripled its store count in 2015 and plans to grow to from 110 to 190 stores this year, according to Puget Sound Business Journal.

Permitting documents indicate a Jersey Mike’s Subs is also headed for The Trails, though I haven’t confirmed that with the chain. Chipotle opened in the Greaves Way development last Saturday.

Kingston’s Axe Handle Café closing in February

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Kingston’s popular Axe Handle Café will close Feb. 6, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page:

Dear Greater Kingston Community,It is with much sadness and relief that we are announcing the closing of Axe Handle Caf…

Posted by Axe Handle on Monday, January 25, 2016

Amy and Mark Anderson, owners of Cup and Muffin, launched the sit-down café three years ago and it quickly became a staple in downtown.

“There’s no better way of building community than just stopping in and sitting down together,” Amy Anderson told Kitsap Sun contributor Terri Gleich, who profiled the business last year.

Also closed in Kingston is the Main Street Ale House, which is apparently in the midst of an ownership change. A reopening date has not been announced.

Hello everyone! Another chapter for the Main Street Ale House is about to begin as we are transferring ownership in the…

Posted by Main Street Ale House on Friday, November 27, 2015

Bainbridge Walgreens, Key Bank ready to open

Key Bank and Walgreens on the corner of Highway 305 and High School Rds on Bainbridge Island. They are at the new “ Wintergreen Walk” the Visconsi shopping center.LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN

Two businesses are ready to open in Wintergreen Walk, a new High School Road shopping center that stirred controversy on Bainbridge island.

A 14,500-square-foot Walgreens pharmacy will debut at 8 a.m. Friday. A 3,300-square-foot Key Bank branch opens at 9 a.m. Monday.

Wintergreen Walk encompasses eight acres on the northeast corner of Highway 305 and High School Road.

bainbridge-island-aerialKey Bank, which was previously located behind McDonald’s on the south side of High School Road, now occupies a prominent place above the intersection.

Walgreens is tucked behind. Both buildings feature drive thrus.

Key Bank Manager Jon Phelps said the new branch shows the bank’s commitment to the Bainbridge.

“We didn’t want to be one of the banks that pulled up roots and moved off the island,” he said. “We’re here to stay.”

Wintergreen Walk is being constructed in phases, and could eventually offer 60,000 square feet of leasable space for restaurants, retail and medical offices, spread across seven buildings.

Headed by Visconsi Companies, a midwest development firm, the shopping center incited backlash from its inception.

Islanders held protests on street corners, decrying what they saw as unnecessary suburban sprawl. In August 2014 a teenaged protestor climbed 70 feet into a Douglas fir and camped for 40 hours to draw attention to the development plans.

In the end, the trees came down and construction moved ahead. The city issued the first building permits in March.

Watch for a full story in the Monday Kitsap Sun and Nov. 20 Bainbridge Islander.

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Poulsbo Sonic opening soon, but no date set

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Poulsbo’s Sonic Drive-In looks tantalizingly close to opening, but fans of the fast food chain will have to wait a little longer for their burgers and dogs.

The opening has been delayed, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, and no official opening date has been set:

Sorry, folks, it turns out that after some delays, we have had to postpone our open date.

Don’t worry though, we are very close to bringing the tots, slushes, and ice cream we are known for to the wonderful people of Kitsap County.

Keep an eye on your local media outlets and this page to stay up to date on when we will finally be open.

(For the record, the developer for the Sonic told us in early August there was no set date for the opening, despite a report to the contrary.)

It has already been a long wait for Sonic devotees. News of the restaurant’s arrival trickled out more than a year ago, but construction was pushed back by changes to the site plan.

The building finally went up last spring and crews were busy at the property all summer. The Sonic is located at the northwest corner of Highway 305 and Viking Avenue.

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Which restaurant chain are you most excited about having in Kitsap?

  • None of the above... when are we getting an In-N-Out? (27%, 387 Votes)
  • None of the above... I'd rather see more local restaurants! (24%, 344 Votes)
  • Chipotle (coming to The Trails) (16%, 229 Votes)
  • Sonic Drive-In (coming to Poulsbo) (11%, 163 Votes)
  • Blazing Onion (coming to the Trails) (8%, 112 Votes)
  • Carl's Jr. (coming to Bremerton?) (7%, 108 Votes)
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill (coming to Kitsap Mall) (4%, 52 Votes)
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop (coming to Kitsap Mall) (2%, 27 Votes)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings (Kitsap Mall) (2%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,447

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Restaurant, coffee shop proposed next to Poulsbo CVS

RPIPoulsboS3C03 (PreApp)A restaurant and coffee shop could soon join CVS on Highway 305 in Poulsbo.

Two buildings are proposed for a parcel just north of the pharmacy: A 3,500-square-foot restaurant and 1,700-square-foot drive thru coffee shop (click image to enlarge plans). Thirty-five parking stalls would be provided.

CVS owns the property and recently listed it for sale. The applicant is Marty Jouflas of Seattle. A pre-application meeting for the new site plan is set for Aug. 18, according to a city notice.

A restaurant with drive thru was previously approved for the site. The reconfigured site plan requires a new application.

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.

Poulsbo CVS selling adjacent parcel

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When a CVS was first approved in Poulsbo, plans called for both a pharmacy and a fast food restaurant. 

The drug store opened in February. The restaurant never materialized.

Now CVS is selling the leftover parcel on Highway 305. Colliers International listed the 1.07-acre property for $1.25 million.

The assessed value of the lot is about $285,000.

The CVS property is located on the northeast corner of Highway 305 and Hostmark Street. A large retail building was torn down to make way for the development.

You can view the listing here.