BREMERTON — Power saws and paint are still changing the ambiance of downtown Bremerton’s newest addition, but come mid-April it will be all about the food.
The Bremerton Bar & Grillis set to open for dinner on April 18 and will begin serving lunch the next day.
The Bremerton restaurant at 190 Pacific Ave. will become the fifth in the Neighborhood Grill chain and the first on this side of Puget Sound. The company announced Friday it plans to hire 40 or more people for the newest location.
Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent said the restaurant will help draw people downtown. “It means more people working, more people celebrating the revitalization of downtown Bremerton,” she said.
Lent said she also is in talks with officials at Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants and Chowder about opening downtown.
Ivar’s has several locations around the Sound and in Spokane offering takeout fare such as fish and chips and clam chowder and restaurants specializing in seafood. The closest Ivar’s to Bremerton are in Tacoma and next to the Colman Dock ferry terminal in Seattle.
The Bremerton Bar & Grill will have a full bar and a menu offering burgers and steaks, chicken and seafood and weekend breakfasts that could provide an enticement for boaters to come to Bremerton on Saturdays and Sundays, Lent said.
Ron Sher, owner of the former J.C. Penney building at Pacific Avenue and Burwell, also owns the bar and grill building, which was the original home of Westsound Bank.
The restaurant offers views west across the street to the city’s Memorial Plaza and to the south toward the Naval Museum.