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Bainbridge Bakers Shuts Down GoFundMe Account; Owner Under Investigation

[Updated 2:45 p.m. April 23, 2015] Yesterday evening, April 22, Bainbridge Bakers owner Mike Loudon posted an update on the company’s GoFundMe fundraising page. Loudon announced that he had closed the account and would be returning the money that had been donated. The account was launched by an employee of the company, Ben Goldsmith, on…

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A Sneak Peek at the Plate & Pint

Crews are working to put the finishing touches on the Plate & Pint, the upcoming family-friendly sports restaurant and bar located in the former Island Grill in the Safeway complex. When I stopped by today, April 8, the new windows were still taped and dry wall dust was hanging in the air, but things looked…

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Bainbridge Bakers Temporarily Shuts Its Island Gateway Outlet for “Restructuring”

A note now posted on the door of the Island Gateway Bainbridge Bakers outlet announces that the location has not reached the owner’s expectations and that it will be closed until early May for “restructuring.” (Although it is April Fool’s Day, this story is for real.) The restructuring will result in “more of a full-service restaurant,…

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Big Restaurant Changeroo at Pleasant Beach Village’s Manor and Beach Houses

Pleasant Beach Village’s Manor House in Lynwood Center with the fantastic view has gone through a series of incarnations throughout its long life. After the land was homesteaded in 1898 by Mr. and Mrs. Emil Olson, the couple’s son and daughter-in-law had the Tudor-style manor home built there. About two decades ago it was home to…

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206 Pie Artisan Pizza Is Rolling into Town

Fresh dough is rising right now for tomorrow’s opening of 206 Pie, the new spot for artisan pizza in downtown Winslow. You may have sampled owner Chris Kelly’s fresh made-to-order pizzas at Intentional Table, where he has been teaching the art of pizza making. Or perhaps you’ve noticed his “mobile pizza unit” parked in the…

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J’Aime les Crêpes Sends an American to Paris and Brings Home the Eiffel Tower

J’Aime les Crêpes owner Paul Pluska just brought a little bit (more) of France to his Bainbridge crêperie with his new Eiffel Tower art piece, and now he’s sending something back—an American in Paris. Pluska is providing a “job benefit and training” opportunity for his senior crêpemakers/baristas by giving them the gift of France, literally. In…

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Former Four Swallows Chef to Head up Wing Point Country Club Kitchen

Geraldine Ferraro, former co-owner and chef at Four Swallow Restaurant, has found a new kitchen. Ferraro will be taking over on March 1 as Executive Chef at the Wing Point Golf & Country Club, Bainbridge Island’s only private 18-hole golf and country club. Ferraro and Mike Sharp shuttered Four Swallows abruptly last October after they failed…

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J’Aime les Crêpes Named “Deuxieme”-Best Crêperie in Western WA

The little crêperie that could just did—almost. J’Aime les Crêpes, which last May expanded into a Bainbridge Island location on Madrone Lane from its original spot near the Kingston ferry, was honored on November 14 as Evening Magazine‘s second or deuxieme best of Western Washington crêpe place. The winner was Savor Crêperie in Tacoma. With 53 crêperies in the running,…

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Thuy's Pho

What Bainbridge Has Been Hoping Pho: New Vietnamese Restaurant

At Thuy’s Pho House, which just opened a week ago in the spot recently vacated by Tokyo Tapas on Madison across the parking lot from Island Fitness, business is booming. It’s so busy, in fact, that Proprietor Thuy Nguyen who also owns Rooster’s Cafe, can hardly keep up with demand. And even on a Sunday…

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Café Nola to Open New Venture in Former Island Grill Spot

So long Island Grill. Hello Café Nola, part 2. You may have heard the rumors. Yes, The Island Grill is closed, as of this week. And, yes, the owners of Café Nola, Whitney and Kevin Warren, are moving into the space, with big changes planned. The new eatery, The Plate & Pint, is a departure for…

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Crumbs Cakery Serves up Artful Sweets for Your Special Occasion

To see her work, one can only conclude that Christine Chapman, owner of Bainbridge-based Crumbs Cakery, is of an exclusive order of cake masters. If taste is the judge, the fact that many of her customers are already repeats suggests that she gets more than the design right. Chapman grew up in Austria making cakes…

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Four Swallows Restaurant Closes

The closure of Four Swallows Restaurant yesterday, October 22, came as a shock to Bainbridge Islanders and no doubt will be met with regret by the many people beyond Bainbridge who have regularly crossed the water to enjoy a fine meal there. After nearly 26 years in business on Bainbridge and 20 years in the…

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Starbucks Comes out to Bainbridge (No, Virginia, There Is No Chain-Free Clause)

Starbucks, which for years has been closeted as a kiosk at Safeway, has finally come out to the Island with its own 1,850-square-foot cafe in Island Village on High School Road. It officially opened yesterday morning, September 5. Despite a persistent rumor on the Island that chain restaurants and fast-food outlets are prohibited here, Starbucks…

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Westside Pizza Moves, Expands, Offers Beer on Tap

Bainbridge Island’s Westside Pizza has new owners, with a new vision. That vision was just unveiled last Friday, when the greatly expanded ‘za joint opened its spiffy new doors to hungry customers. Formerly located upstairs in a small spot in Winslow mall, Westside Pizza is now in the Safeway/Rite Aid commercial center in a stand-alone…

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Blackbird Bakery Gives Its $1,000 July 4th Parade Award to the Library

If you saw the Fourth of July parade this year, you most certainly remember the Blackbird entry: toque- and apron-wearing people pushing giant slices of pie in wheelbarrows and then, periodically, in formation, bringing them together to make the whole pie. That entry won this year’s second annual Most Humorous Parade Entry Award, which comes…

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Hammy’s: Lynwood Center’s New Old-Style Hamburger Joint

Ryan and Amber Welch, the managers of Hammy’s, Pleasant Beach Village’s about-to-open hamburger spot, want people to be able to go out for a casual family meal and not spend a fortune. They’ve managed to put together a menu that will ensure people can eat out for under about $10 per person. That’s not the…

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The Second Voyage of Cafe Trios: New Owners Try Their Luck on Land

Angela Veeder and her boyfriend Michael Doctor arrived on Bainbridge after careers at sea—she was a captain for Argosy Cruises, and he worked on oil rigs. Now they’re trying a land-based career as the owners of the relaunched Cafe Trios, at the corner of Ferncliff and Winslow Way. The original owners, who ran the successful…

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Council Set to Lay Down the Law for Bainbridge Sidewalk Cafes and Displays

The Wild West of wanton Winslow sidewalk use is about to be tamed. The Council has pushed Ordinance No, 2014-16 relating to the retail use of sidewalks to a second reading, which means that the City is close to enacting rules for regulating sidewalk use throughout the island. The main provisions of the ordinance are…

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New Crêperie Set to Open on Madrone Lane

Paul Pluska took some time out from busily readying his new crêperie on Winslow’s Madrone Lane to tell me about his plans for his authentic French-style Bainbridge Island eatery. Pluska, who opened the popular little crêperie at the Kingston ferry terminal in 2003, has had his eye on Bainbridge Island for a long time. He said…

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Aaron Bludorn

BHS Grad Just Named Exec Chef at NYC’s Michelin-Starred Cafe Boulud

Aaron Bludorn, who graduated from BHS in 2002, just achieved what in the food world is the equivalent of being named a department head at an Ivy League school: He is the new Executive Chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant, New York City’s elite and très bon Café Boulud, which Michelin says “seldom disappoints.” That’s Michelingo…

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