Harmon Brewery owners have opened The Hub Restaurant at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, 1208 26th Ave. in Gig Harbor.
Pat Nagle, co-owner of the Harmon Brewery in Tacoma, said they’ve been looking for an opportunity to open a restaurant in Gig Harbor for a number of years.
“I’m excited about everything when it comes to opening here in the harbor,” Nagle said.
Originally from Tacoma, Nagle now lives in Gig Harbor. Co-owner Carole Ford grew up the area and a Peninsula High School graduate.
“This is an amazing location to bring our hub concept over to the harbor,” Nagle said. “It has built-in entertainment with helicopters and planes taking off and landing. The western exposure highlights the Olympic mountain views, and sunsets will be beautiful.”
The owners hope the location will be a destination spot for families and restaurant-goers.
“People have to get in their cars and drive to downtown or to Uptown or across the bridge,” Nagle said. “Now they can make the easy drive to us for great food and drinks with a family atmosphere.”
The hub concept is taking a brewery and pub menu along with locally made craft beers from the Harmon Brewery and combining that into a fun, family venue with a fresh vibe, Nagle said.
“We want to have a place that is multi-generational,” he said. “I like looking around our restaurant and seeing grandparents, parents and kids sitting together and enjoying the restaurant experience.”
Nagle and his team gutted the old building and created a modern venue with a Pacific Northwest ambiance, complete with a rustic color palette that brings the outside in through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Executive Chef Luke Ortiz comes to the hub with an extensive background. He and Jeremy Barber, the corporate catering manager, were in charge of bringing Kelly’s Restaurant to full service in 2007. He followed that with a stint at the Lobster Shop.
Ortiz has since been the sous chef at the Hub restaurant in Tacoma.
“I am excited about bringing the harbor something I feel it doesn’t have: The hybrid of the brewery with a relaxed family restaurant and the Harmon flagship beers,” Ortiz said.
“Our menu is stocked with fresh, made-from-scratch, high-quality ingredients,” he added. “One great appetizer is with salmon we smoke in-house. It’s honest, whole food in a fun, family-friendly place.”
Ortiz said he’s looking forward to pairing the Harmon beers from the Tacoma tap room with his menu.
The restaurant will carry its signature artisan pizzas, as well all other favorite staples, including burgers and pastas.
“We’ll also have a fresh sheet daily with salmon and chicken dishes,” Barber said.
The restaurant also plans some local touches.
“We brought back the classic Span Deli Club, in honor or the old Span Deli that was a local landmark until the new bridge had to tear it down,” Barber said. “We also have mom Merna’s mac and cheese created from an old family recipe.”
Ortiz hopes his menu will appeal to all dietary needs.
“We have gluten-free pizza crust, vegan and vegetarian entrees,” he said. “I will try and meet anyone’s needs and have something for everyone.”
The restaurant opened Monday and will serve breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Breakfast items include Hub Spuds, four kinds of eggs benedict, the Narrows Scramble, quiche and french toast.
Lunch and dinners will have the same menu with fresh sheets changing daily. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy Hour will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday with appetizers and drinks available at a reduced rate.
Inside, the space has been divided into a bar area, mostly for the 21-and-older crowd, but there are tables for families. The main restaurant seats up to 92.
There is a courtyard for outdoor seating for all ages, and the owners plan to keep it available throughout the year with a covered tent.
In the future, restaurant owners hope to add the ability to pre-order a “pie on the fly” with curbside pickup and a possible take-out menu.
Barber is looking forward to offering a catering menu for residents and businesses.
For more information, visit www.thehubrestaurants.com.