Diners wanting to sit out on the deck with a large group at Anthony’s at Gig Harbor will now have their wish granted.
The restaurant recently opened its new, expanded deck, which seats up to 44 people. The deck measures 1,000 square-feet. The existing deck, which runs along the windows that look out on the water, only has tables for parties of two.
Customers have long been clamoring for increased deck space, said Lane Hoss, the company’s vice president of marketing.
“More and more guests love to sit outside,” Hoss said. “The more we thought about, the more we thought that piece of property would be a perfect spot for it.”
Deck space and views of the harbor, boating activities and Mount Rainier go hand-in-hand. Expanding the space was an easy decision.
“We want to share that outdoor dining experience,” Hoss said. “People love it in the Northwest — and not just in the summer months — but in the spring and fall, also. We just wanted to take advantage of our beautiful setting on the waterfront.”
To accommodate guests on chilly fall nights, the restaurant has installed heaters throughout the deck.
“From our experience at Gig Harbor and our other restaurants, even when it starts to cool down, we just love to be outside,” Hoss said. “We provide blankets for our guests. A little heat will just make that difference in September and even early October. As long as it’s dry, people love to be outside.”
The restaurant had a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to unveil the new deck. Gig Harbor City Council members Ken Malich, Tim Payne and Michael Perrow were in attendance.
“It went great,” Hoss said. “The rain held off through the ceremony and we got to enjoy being outside.”
The restaurant has been doing various minor renovations and changes on the inside as well, such as moving the bar over, so guests sitting at the bar could enjoy the view of the harbor. If Gig Harbor folks haven’t seen the new deck or just haven’t been to Anthony’s for a while, Hoss had a simple message:
“Come visit us,” she said.