Gig Harbor, prepare for a restaurant flurry - three restaurants will be opening between now and November. Here's what's on the way - a brewpub with pizza and burgers, more gourmet burgers and a sushi restaurant. Read on.
The Hub at Gig HarborOpening: The week of Sept. 16Where: 1208 26th Ave. N.W., Gig Harbor, 253-853-1585, harmonbrewingco.com
Business partners Pat Nagle and Carole Holder are bringing their burgers, pizza and beer to the other side of the Narrows with The Hub at Gig Harbor, a restaurant that will closely mirror the Hub restaurant the Nagle and Holder already operate in the St. Helens neighborhood of Tacoma. The Harmon Brewery & Eatery opened on Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma in 1997, and expanded in 2008 with its Hub Restaurant and neighboring Harmon Taproom in 2010. The Hub at Gig Harbor - locating at the Narrows airport where Reflections once operated - will be the restaurant and brewery's first venture into a suburban domain.
Expect a menu that will nearly duplicate what's offered at the St. Helens Hub Restaurant. Pizza, burgers, sandwiches and a few pasta dishes will be served for lunch and dinner. Weekend breakfasts will mirror what the Hub and Harmon Brewery downtown offer - four choices of eggs Benedict, quiche, chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy and a few other specialties. Managing the Hub at Gig Harbor will be Erin McCloskey, who most recently managed a B.J.'s Brewhouse. In the kitchen are two chefs Gig Harbor locals will remember from Kelly's and other Harbor restaurants - head chef Lucas Ortiz and consulting chef Jeremy Barber. Aimee Cox, a Gig Harbor resident, will serve as sous chef.
The 80-seat restaurant will have a seasonal patio with seating for all ages. The full-service bar will seat about 20. On tap will be Harmon beer, as well as rotating taps from local craft breweries.
Lunchbox LaboratoryOpening: The week of Sept. 30 (approximately)Where: 4901 Point Fosdick Drive N.W., Gig Harbor, lunchboxlaboratory.com
Say what? More gourmet burgers in Gig Harbor? Yup. Because apparently we just can't get enough ground meat with fancified names. Lunchbox Laboratory will be joining the burgeoning burger landscape in the Harbor, which already is home to Northwest-based Blazing Onion and the recently relocated Gourmet Burger Shop.
Expect an opening around Sept. 30 for the Seattle-based chain that has collected a following for its duck and pork "dork" burger and gets extra points from me for offering a house-made veggie patty option (the-mix-and-match menu is pretty interesting). The theme is casual. The diner's other locations offer table service. The Lunchbox Laboratory decor relies heavy on vintage lunchboxes that harken to simpler times when the Smurfs, Mork and Mindy and the Krofft Superstars ruled our television sets.
Domo SushiOpening: Approximately NovemberWhere: 4901 Point Fosdick Drive N.W., Gig Harbor
The owners of Mana Sushi in Port Orchard are bringing their sushi to Gig Harbor, in the same complex near Safeway where Lunchbox Laboratory will operate. Co-owner Jason Shin described Domo Sushi as a 60-seatrestaurant with a sushi counter and table service. Expect the food to mirror something much like what's served at their Port Orchard restaurant.
Harbor sushi tip: If you haven't tried the expertly crafted sushi at Bistro Satsuma in Gig Harbor, you need to get yourself there.
Jersey Mike'sOpen: NowWhere: 4819 Point Fosdick Drive N.W., Gig Harbor, 253-432-4079, jerseymikes.com
With a single location in Bonney Lake, the national sandwich chain Jersey Mike's wasn't exactly making a giant leap into the South Sound market, but that's about to change. Jersey Mike's franchise owner Jeff Gates said his recently opened Gig Harbor shop has exceeded his every expectation with lines out the door since the restaurant opened. Next, he'll open a Jersey Mike's in Puyallup's South Hill area around late November and a store in Silverdale is planned for next spring. If you haven't had a sandwich at Jersey Mike's, I'll save you some time. Get the Famous Philly - great sandwich, great value. The menu is full of straightforward East Coast style subs.