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What’s Going on With Delilah’s Cozy Kitchin?

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Delilah’s Cozy Kitchin is one of several ventures started in downtown Port Orchard by radio personality Delilah Rene Luke. The restaurant, on Harrison Avenue, closed after the Christmas season, and it’s uncertain when or if it will reopen, said Kraig Kitchin, Deliah’s business partner.

Delilah was honored as the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce‘s 2010 Woman of the year for her investment in the downtown economy. (Man of the Year was McCormick Woods resident and civic activist Dick Davis.) Beside Cozy Kitchin, Delilah has a clothing boutique, Hootchie Wear, an event Center, the Port Orchard Pavilion, and she provided a space for local artists to display their wooden crafts and art work, Wooden You Love It.

Delilah and Kitchin started Cozy Kitchin three years ago, with a kitchy menu of comfort foods. The restaurant — like other downtown businesses — has been uneven, said Kitchin.

“There were some days it was incredibly robust, and some days it was not,’ he said. “We had run this for three years, and our thinking was we may want to remodel in terms of a new menu designed to make it more profitable.”

Staff members were let go, said Kitchin, who would not say when they might make a decision on the place. The restaurant is located in a strip of small boutique-like spaces that have seen considerable turn-over during the past three years. One long-time business, Bay Street Outfitters, folded during 2010, according to the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce. Amy’s on the Bay, on the water side of the block, is alive and apparently thriving.

Delilah’s other downtown ventures are going well, however, Kitchin said. The Port Orchard Pavilion has seen a steady stream of bookings for weddings, sock hops, class reunions and the like. According to Kitchin, it’s the only place for hire in Port Orchard that can accommodate up to 500 people.

Leah Watree, former full-time manager, is no longer with the Pavilion, but she was not fired, Kitchin said. It was simply a change in the business plan. “Leah’s a wonderful woman and a good person,” Kitchin said. “But we needed to make a change. The work that’s involved in the pavilion is better suited to part-time specialists.”

Watree holds no ill will toward Delilah. “Delilah is a friend. She’s still a friend, and I still have that same loyalty.”

In other news of downtown business closures, the Historic Orchard Theatre shuttered its doors earlier this month. Owner Jeff Brein of Bainbridge Island is looking for a more sustainable business plan, such as running the theater as a “mom and pop” business.

Los Cabos Mexican restaurant on Bay Street closed several weeks ago, according to Coreen Haydock Johnson, executive director of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce. Blondie’s, not in the downtown area but off Bethel Road, closed shortly before Christmas. The property owners are hoping to get another restaurant in that space, Haydock Johnson said.


Friday Afternoon Club: Things to Do This Weekend in Kitsap

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Friday Afternoon Club: A heads up on fun stuff to do this weekend.

Belfair
Salmon Festival
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 600 NE Roessel Rd, Belfair

Bremerton
9/11 Remembrance
11 a.m. Evergreen Park

East Bremerton
Kitsap Humane Society Pet Adoptathon
10 a.m. Kitsap County Fairgrounds

Manchester
Fall Plant and Book Sale
9 a.m. Manchester Library, 8067 E Main St.

Manette
Manette Fest
10 a.m. Beautiful downtown Manette (don’t get lost)

Port Orchard
Poetry Slam
What: Art Reception, Music, Poetry Slam
When: Noon to 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Manchester Gallery, 724 Bay St., downtown Port Orchard.
Details: Noon to 2 p.m., Music (Matt and Jeff, guitars) and refreshments;
2 to 3:30 p.m. Poetry Reading/Slam, including Penney, Connie, and Dean

Murder Mystery Event
What: Port Orchard is invaded by pirates.
When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: downtown area
Details: Murder Mystery Event, Dinghy Derby Race, Market Faire; kids’ activities, entertainment, costume contest, VFW 911 Remembrance at 6:30 p.m. on the Waterfront; Pirate Ball, 6:30 p.m. (kids welcome until 8 p.m.); for a full schedule visit the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce website

Poulsbo
Sea Kayaking Tour
10 a.m. 18809 Front Street, Poulsbo

Art Walk
5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Poulsbo

Way Out West Community Horse Show
7:30 a.m. Sandemar Farm, Poulsbo


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