Monthly Archives: January 2010

Pat’s Is Done

Another Kitsap Sun staffer called and said Pat’s was closed.

After making different phone calls to try to verify this, I eventually drove to the site and saw the evidence. We still don’t have official verification, but the sign in the window says enough.

Pat’s Restaurant & Bakery, located in the same shopping center as Grocery Outlet and the former Stupid Prices, appears to be the latest victim of the sour economy.

I tried to call the restaurant but the line was disconnected. I tried to call the woman who is listed as the owner, but left a message at a place I’m not sure was hers.

The Washington Secretary of State’s office shows Pat’s was incorporated in 1992, but that would have been its current incarnation. A Kitsap Sun story names the start date of Pat’s as 1981. Originally it was Pat’s Cookie Jar.

Last year, in anticipation of a story on the county’s assumption of a $40.5 million loan from the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority, Josh Brown and I sat down and discussed the matter over breakfast at Pat’s. True to his thrifty image he ordered a $5 breakfast special. I ordered a regular breakfast and was wowed by it.

Months later I took my 2-year-old back with me for another morning meeting of sorts. He loved it, but he won’t miss it. I will.

Less than a year ago Sun reporter Rachel Pritchett wrote about increasing food prices and the effect it was having on consumers and food sellers. The story included a bit from Pat’s.

At Pat’s Restaurant and Bakery in East Bremerton, owner Mildred Whiteside is trying to hold back prices by sending employees home early and donning an apron herself.

“I don’t know how long we can,” she said.

A hunk of cheese that cost her $15 several months ago now costs $30, she said. Grill oil that recently cost $20 now costs $39, she said.

Higher fuel prices have resulted in fewer people visiting her restaurant, and her suppliers have added a $7-per-visit fuel surcharge.

“Oh, we’ve felt it really bad,” Whiteside said.

That’s quite a contrast from the story JoAnne Marez wrote in 1996. The piece was titled, “Rolling in Dough.” You can read it after the jump.

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Whimsy Alert — Fisherman To Be Snagged by Fish

The Bremerton City Council reversed itself and gave a victory to all fish who’ve ever been tempted by a worm, or something shiny only to later find a final resting place on a plate.

With a 7-2 vote, the council voted to have the fish catching the fisherman in the $250,000 statues slated to grace downtown at Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue.

“It’s art,” said Will Maupin when asked to explain why he decided to make the motion that was not on the agenda. He said he talked with some people. “I changed my mind.” So did Carol Arends. Both had previously voted for the more traditional view of a fish and fisherman doing what they do in real life.

Council members Dianne Robinson and Cecil McConnell did not, apparently being no fans of whimsy. They were the only ones to hold fast to tradition.

Roy Runyon, Adam Brockus and Nick Wofford voted as they did before, giving the fish the reel and the fisherman the hook. New council members Jim McDonald and Greg Wheeler also voted for the fish. Wofford had explained that since the council would be overturning an earlier decision, it would need a supermajority, which it got plus one.

Rumors that this could happen surfaced a couple of weeks ago, prior to the last regular meeting. But it appeared then that not enough council members would be willing to bring the statues up again. Not doing it then appeared to kill the idea, but council members said doing it tonight still gave the designers time to stick with the earlier plan.

So whimsy zealots get your way. Those who thought the city ought not spend $250,000 on statues, you don’t.