By Katelyn Doggett
A new restaurant has opened up in Birch Bay at 7876 Birch Bay Drive, the previous location of La Cantina Mexican and Bobby’s Dry Dock restaurants. Over the years, the building has undergone a lot of changes under many different owners, but the newest business to move in hopes to be a permanent addition to Birch Bay.
The Beach at Birch Bay opened its doors at the end of August with the goals of becoming a popular place for locals and changing the public’s perception of the building, said co-owner and manager Randall Sheriff.
“We want to provide locals a friendly environment to eat really great food and enjoy a glass of wine,” Sheriff said.
Sheriff, along with five other co-owners, purchased the building with the intent of serving food right away, he said. After hiring two chefs and compiling a menu, the restaurant opened for business, but remodeling is still occurring on both the inside and outside of the building.
Construction on a new cocktail and wine bar upstairs is in the works, a new sign was recently added, the building is being painted and additional windows were added to provide more natural lighting. The restaurant has patio seating, the new cocktail and wine bar upstairs and a bar located in the back of the indoor seating area.
Sheriff previously worked as a business consultant for small and large businesses in the Seattle area, so he is confident that he and the other co-owners can make a success of the new restaurant.
The restaurant offers classic pub food, all made fresh daily in-house, Sheriff said. The menu ranges from homemade clam chowder and macaroni and cheese to fish and chips.
The two chefs, Ben Keown and Ryan Lemm, were hired from other Washington restaurants and are taking extra precautions to make sure everything is perfect for customers, Sheriff said. Both chefs moved to the area in order to become a part of The Beach.
The owners host live music on the patio every Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. They plan to add trivia and open mic nights, as well as open the restaurant to rent for private events. These events will help the restaurant become a bigger part of the community, Sheriff said.
The Beach at Birch Bay is open Monday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m., and the bar is open until 1 a.m. on the weekends with the full menu being served until 9:30 p.m. Call The Beach at Birch Bay at 922-6816 with any questions.