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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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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

Poll: Should restaurants stop taking tips?

NoTips02_26347593_ver1.0_640_480A growing number of restaurants have stopped accepting tips and are instead raising their menu prices.

High profile Seattle restaurants like Ivar’s have made the change as they brace for the city’s minimum wage hikes.

This week ChocMo in Poulsbo became the first Kitsap restaurant (that we know of) to do away with tipping (story here). The bistro raised its menu prices by about 20 percent, equivalent to the average tip left by customers. Customers who still want to pay extra can donate to a charity fund overseen by employees.

So what do you think of the anti-tipping trend?

As a diner, would you rather pay more upfront for a meal and not worry about calculating a tip? Or would you rather have the freedom to tip based on the quality of service or your own budget?

You can vote below and share your opinion in the comment section.

Should restaurants stop accepting tips and raise menu prices instead?

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And if you’re still curious about ChocMo’s rationale for the change, I’ve posted an open letter from the restaurant’s owners below: Continue reading

$38M apartment transaction tops recent commercial sales

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Wellington apartments, Silverdale

A Los Angeles corporation bought two Silverdale apartment complexes in September for a combined $69.5 million.

Those transactions topped the list of commercial sales in Kitsap County in for August and September (you can see my July roundup here).

A total of 35 commercial parcels sold in August for a combined $10.23 million, according to county assessor’s records. In September, 12 parcels sold for $74.3 million, buoyed by the Silverdale apartment transactions.

Here’s a look at some of the notable commercial sales from August and September:

Wellington apartments, Silverdale — $38.25 million

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Sale date: Sept. 24

Assessed value: $19.99 million

Sold by: GFS Wellington LLC. to Gemini Wellington Fee Owner LLC.

Description: A roughly 231,000-square-foot, 17-building apartment complex on 11.3 acres off Randall Way, accessed by Kensington Lane.

Notes: Formerly called Madison the Wellington. Built in 1988.

Ridgetop apartments, Silverdale — $31.25 million

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Sale date: Sept. 24

Assessed value: $18.12 million

Sold by: GFS Ridgetop LLC. to Gemini Ridgetop Fee Owner LLC.

Description: A roughly 200,000-square-foot, 25-building apartment complex on 12.5 acres off Ridgetop Boulevard, accessed by Voyager Lane and Shipside Lane.

Notes: Formerly called Madison Ridgetop. One of several large complexes of Ridgetop Boulevard. Built in 1989.

Woodcreek apartments, Poulsbo — $3 million

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Sale date: Sept. 8

Assessed value: $1.53 million

Sold by: Woodcreek Associates to Poulsbo 40 LLC.

Description: A 14-building apartment complex on 4.8 acres of Hostmark Street, across from Poulsbo Middle School.

Notes: Built in 1984. Buyer is based in San Diego.

Twelve Trees building, North Kitsap — $2.23 million

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Sale date: Aug. 11

Assessed value: $1.64 million

Sold by: Jackson Brothers LLC. to Grundsund Property Co.

Description: A 21,000-square-foot building in Twelve Trees Business Park off Pioneer Way.

Notes:  Headquarters for international marine apparel and gear company Grundéns. It appears Grundéns just bought the building. Continue reading

Port Orchard Godfather’s becoming Westside Pizza

Godfather27s_PizzaGodfather’s Pizza in Port Orchard is closing but its space on Mile Hill Drive won’t empty long.

Port Orchard Godfather’s owner Steve westsideRunge plans to retire. A Westside Pizza franchisee is taking over the location.

The pizzeria will shut down Saturday and remain closed for about a month for renovation, said Westside Pizza franchise owner Teresa Mahoney. She plans to remove carpet, install hardwood floors, repaint and hang new signs before reopening.

“Basically just update it,” she said. “Then it’s all about customer service, and who I can please.”

Mahoney said the new shop will offer discounts for military personnel, first responders and teachers. The Enumclaw resident is moving to Port Orchard to run the business.

Port Orchard will be the 28th location for Westside Pizza, a fast-growing West Coast chain. Westside was founded in Colville and has shops on Bainbridge Island and in Bremerton, Kingston and Poulsbo.

Godfather’s has been a popular Port Orchard gathering place since opening in 1982. Runge took over in 1997. He said he’s excited for retirement but sad to close the restaurant.

“It’s always hard to give something up after 18 years,” Runge said. “And we’ve had great customers.”

Godfather’s Pizza, soon to be Westside Pizza, is located at 1700 SE Mile Hill Drive.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop opens in Kitsap Mall

UnknownA Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened in the Kitsap Mall food court this week, marking the sandwich chain’s entry into the West Sound market.

Potbelly offers hot sandwiches, soups, salads and hand-dipped milkshakes, according to a news release. The Silverdale shop is managed by East Bremerton native Mike Young and employs about 30 people.

“Opening in Silverdale is special for so many reasons, but none more than the connection we’re making with the community,” Young said in the release. “As someone who has spent many years on the Kitsap Peninsula, it gives me great pride to open this shop.”

Potbelly shops often feature live, local music. Interested performers can contact Young and schedule an audition.

Chicago-based Potbelly has 10 Seattle-area locations, and more than 360 shops nationally. The fast-growing chain expected to open about 50 shops this year, with plans to eventually build 1,000, according to a 2014 annual report to shareholders.

The Silverdale store is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Delivery service will start a few weeks, according to the release.

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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Did you wait in line for Sonic? Give us your review!

Carhop Cassandra Potts glides across the parking lot at the Sonic in Poulsbo on Wednesday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Carhop Cassandra Potts glides across the parking lot at the Sonic in Poulsbo on Wednesday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Poulsbo’s shiny new Sonic Drive-In made its long-awaited debut Wednesday. 

Judging by the lineup of cars along Viking Avenue, and the police officer directing traffic, it was a successful launch.

Nothing seems to stir up excitement around here quite like the arrival of a new restaurant chain. So for those of you who braved the lines, I’m curious: What did you think?

What did you order? How long did you wait? Are you an old Sonic fan or was this your first time? Did it live up to the hype? Was it everything your taste buds longed for?

Drop a review in the comment section below, and take our restaurant poll while your at it:

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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Food safety: Restaurant scores for April and May

Below are the April and May restaurant inspection scores distributed by the Kitsap Public Health District. (If May sounds like a repeat, it’s because I mistakenly labeled the March scores as May scores in a June 3 post).

The health district keeps tabs on more than 1,000 establishments in Kitsap. Each is usually inspected twice a year. Inspectors make sure food is handled properly from prep to serving.

The district works with operators to correct deficiencies. Grades from the inspections are made available to the public.

The inspection reports from April and May are posted below. For even more detailed safety information on a restaurant, you can use the health district’s handy database search.

April Restaurant Scores

May Restaurant Scores

Food safety: Restaurant scores for March

Jacks7_16259067_ver1.0_640_480Correction: I originally referred to these as May scores. Inspections were conducted in March.

Below are the March restaurant inspection scores distributed by the Kitsap Public Health District.

The health district keeps tabs on more than 1,000 establishments in Kitsap. Each is usually inspected twice a year. Inspectors make sure food is handled properly from prep to serving.

The district works with operators to correct deficiencies. Grades from the inspections are made available to the public.

The inspection report from March is posted below. For even more detailed safety information on a restaurant, you can use the health district’s handy database search.

March restaurant scores

Poulsbo Sonic getting built in a hurry

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After months of inactivity, Poulsbo’s future Sonic Drive-In is getting built in a hurry.

Walls started going up last week at the site off Viking Way at Highway 305. Much of the structure took shape over the weekend. Workers were busy framing Sunday morning.

sonic2The highly-anticipated fast food joint was initially expected to open late last year. Alterations to the site plan delayed construction. The city issued a building permit for the project April 13.

The 2,150-square-foot restaurant will be somewhat unique for the chain. Last we’d seen, the building designs included a patio seating area with garage-style doors that could be rolled up during sunny weather and closed when it’s cold.

I’ll let you know when I hear an opening date.