June 2009

David Nelson, blogger/editor at Kitsap Sun.

David Nelson, blogger/editor at Kitsap Sun.

Now that I’ve got your attention … This is a good one from D. Nelson and our frenemies over at the Bremerton Beat. I’ve heard him elude to the “Bremerton is the next Bremerton” mantra before, and he nails it in this post.

But, David, I just want to set something straight: I started the “Bremerton is the next Bellingham”!!! In irony, mind you. But I started it, Nelson! I also said years ago that that Poulsbo development with Wall-Mart and Home Depot (we used to call it Olhava) would get a Chilli’s. I’m still waiting on that. And I guess Bremerton’s not yet Bellingham.

Image courtesy of the EatThisShit blog.

Image courtesy of the EatThisShit blog.

I couldn’t help but notice a little career fair, Saturday afternoon outside the old Blockbuster building at the corner of 11th and Callow. It appears that Little Caesars doesn’t think the neighborhood is saturated enough with cheap pies and parmesan. And maybe they’re right. Although, I must admit I’m not much for classic delivery-style pizza, the Hot & Ready concept tickles me where I itch.

But, do we really need another marginal pizza joint in West Bremerton? We’ve already got Pizza Hut, Boston’s (above marginal, for sure), Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, and, of course, the the new shop that moved into the old Garlic Jim’s locale: Mad Moose Pizza. This place is an enigma to me.

I watched with great anticipation as the restaurant came together — it’s on my route, corner of Sixth and High — anxious to for a drinking hole in the neighborhood. During its soft opening it didn’t have beer. Then they added beer, tore down a wall, and started building what appears to be a bar. Up went a fish tank, in come a few handles, and … well, up went a carpet cleaning sign. The bar door’s perpetually propped open by a fan. It’s always closed before 8 p.m. From the street it looks as much like a carpet cleaning business as it does a pizza joint. I still have never been, partly because the reviews have not been good, but mainly because THEY’RE NOT OPEN WHEN I GET HOME FROM WORK. Pizza shop closed before 8 p.m.? Gah!!!

But, like I said, they have a happy hour: 4 to 6 p.m. (I’ve seen the sign through the front door.) Yes, I’m going to try this place. Any more early reviews I should know about? Is this place the next Second Park Lounge? Right, “what’s Second Park Lounge?” Exactly.

All illustrations by Jessica Randklev.

All illustrations by Jessica Randklev.

Damn, Winslow: I take off for a couple days and all hell breaks loose. Consider the following:

— After years of shitting on Bremerton, Bainbridge finally shits on itself.

— After years of leading Bainbridge, the island finally leads its mayor out the door.

— After 75+ years as the Park Avenue Diner and several months in purgatory, that space on 5th and Park has turned into the Coffee Club Diner. We visited on opening week. Give it some time. Our breakfast options aren’t multiplying …

— August Wynn, the best place for open-faced Mediterranean omelets, has closed. This. Completely. Sucks.

— The Pumas are kicking ass: I guess it should have been a no brainer that we needed to call in professionals to get a winning team in Memorial Stadium.

— Cary Bozeman isn’t the mayor of bremerton. And there are only three people in Bremerton not vying to take his place.

Am I forgetting anything?

The Bremelogger