Brix 25 Owners Open Second Restaurant in Casual Location
Four years ago Chef Thad Layman and his wife Katie Doherty arrived in Gig Harbor after being in the restaurant biz in Napa California. They came to Gig Harbor with a goal. Bring good food and great service to the diners of Gig Harbor.
For the past four years they have done that consistently with Brix 25, located on Pioneer Way. Shortly after opening Brix, when they were still feeling their way, the couple looked at an additional potential restaurant site on the waterfront of Gig Harbor. They were really close to moving ahead with that site, but their hesitation meant another restaurateur beat them to the punch. “It probably was just as well,” Katie told me in an interview last week. “We were still working on getting Brix just right.” Since then, they have brought two sous chef’s up from their former Napa team, and have built a very loyal clientele and consistently good menu at Brix 25 including an award winning wine list. When the same building became available again this past winter, they were ready to pull the trigger.
Their latest venture (but likely not their last) is the new “breakfast and lunch all day” waterfront location called “Netshed No.9” opening March 23rd at 3313 Harborview Drive. The name is a throwback to the days when the fishermen counted the netsheds as they came into the harbor. This location, also known as the Novak Netshed, was No.9. “The name just felt right” Doherty said.
Chef Thad believes the more quality restaurants and businesses we can have in this part of historic Gig Harbor the better it is for everyone. “We are doing something not like anything else in town, “he said. “I want a restaurant that is a destination.” And with the rustic maritime character and fantastic waterfront location, combined with a mouth watering and affordable menu, Netshed No. 9 should fit the bill.
Guest can enjoy inside seating for 24 and an additional 24 seats on the seasonal deck while dining on such things as Thad’s version of Chicken and Waffles, Frittatas, Bisquits and Gravy or Sourdough Ricotta Pancakes. Don’t expect to see deep fried fish and chips or Burgers on the menu. Netshed No.9 has no deep fryer or grill. Dishes will be made using a griddle, oven and a Panini press. Rumor has it the Chef will also be resurrecting a special recipe from his California days ��" a Mexican dish called Chilaquiles. Wine, Beer, Beer Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, Espresso drinks and the piece de’ resistance, Thad’s killer Hot Chocolate will all be added attractions to the menu.
Netshed No. 9 will likely become a Gig Harbor favorite, without taking anything away from other local breakfast and lunch fav’s like The Tides, Kelly’s or Devoted Kiss. Everything about the place feels unique, not a copycat, but another quality dining option with a killer waterfront views.
Opening March 23rd. Hours to start will be Wednesday ��" Sunday 8am-4pm. Hours may change as time goes along. Website coming soon .
See you at the Shed.