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Genuine Burgers calls it quits in Silverdale

b0012681623-683837Silverdale’s Genuine Burgers was a bold culinary experiment.

The restaurant served traditional fast-food fare with a slow-food philosophy, making nearly everything on its menu — the burgers, buns, milkshakes, fries, even ketchup  — from scratch each day.

b0012681629-651327The staff ground grass-fed beef each morning for the fresh burger patties, which were cooked a full 15 minutes on lower heat to avoid drying out the meat.

“We do things a little bit differently here,” owner Stephen Foster-Shaner told the Kitsap Sun’s Terri Gleich in an interview earlier this year.

The experiment didn’t work out in the end.

Foster-Shaner closed Genuine Burgers on Sunday citing a multitude of factors:

You can read our February profile of Genuine Burgers here.

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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Poulsbo Sonic getting built in a hurry


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.

Retro burger joint planned in Silverdale


A new Silverdale restaurant will serve up specialty burgers with retro style.

Owner Nav Maju hopes to have Groovey Burger open by the end of December at 9601 Mickelberry Road. The space was formerly home to a Quiznos sandwich shop, just off Bucklin Hill Road.

Maju, a Bremerton native, is already building a following for his food by offering burgers in places like RK Mart in Manette. He posts the times for these popups on the Groovey Burger Facebook page.

Maju said the Silverdale restaurant will have an old-fashioned vibe with a juke box, diner-style seating and fast-food service.

“It will be a fun place to go,” he said.

Maju plans to offer a diverse menu, including a selection of $2.99 meals.

“That way everyone can be included,” he said.