SeasideBakery opens up

Published on Thu, Aug 5, 2004
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Seaside Bakery opens up

by Jack Kintner

The 84-year-old building that sits across the street from Trend West is one of the only structures in the center of Birch Bay on the west side of the road, but despite the spectacular location it’s seen a succession of restaurants come and go in recent years.

That disappointing cycle may be over, though, as an experienced couple who also own and operate the Sushiya restaurant in downtown Bellevue have opened Birch Bay’s newest restaurant, the Blue Fish at 7829 Birch Bay Drive. They began serving food July Fourth weekend.

Most recently home to the Pepperdock Restaurant, new owners Sang and Maria Kim want to make sure that “everyone knows this is a fresh start. We have no connection with the people who ran the last restaurant here.”

That’s obvious when entering the building. Instead of a dark hallway leading to a small dining room, the entire main floor has been opened up giving every seat in the house an impressive view of the bay. The west side of the building is almost all glass, and if that’s not enough you can go upstairs to the outdoor balcony for a spectacular vantage point.

Sang Kim, 42, has over 20 years in the business, having operated restaurants in New York, California, Arizona and Seattle. Visits over the last couple of years with Maria Kim’s relatives who own property in Birch Bay introduced them to the restaurant location and the opportunity it presented, and they took it from there.

“We can seat about 300 people,” Sang said, “and we’re available for banquets, weddings and receptions, that kind of large group thing.” Kim has also installed an enlarged dance floor.

“This is not just a sushi bar,” said Maria Kim, “this is an American-style restaurant with a touch of sushi roll, you could say.” Their Black Angus New York steak, for example, is their most expensive menu item ($18.95) and comes with a choice of teriyaki or wasabi sauce. The restaurant has a full-service bar, and offers both catering and take-out items.

Sang Kim said he’s also looking for “experienced, professional” restaurant people who want to go to work. The restaurant will be open year round.

For now, hours are Monday through Friday for lunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.), Saturday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m.
Their phone number is 371-0585.