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Blue Goose lands in Coupeville

A historic house is home to a new restaurant and bed and breakfast.

The Blue Goose Inn opened recently in the historic Jenne House on North Main Street in Coupeville.

The Victorian house, which was built in 1889, is home to a 12-table restaurant with wine bar and a two-room bed and breakfast. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes described as “rustic American.” A 14-ounce ribeye grilled with chili powder, shallot butter and a squeeze of lime, and rack of lamb grilled with cilantro and other herbs, are just two of the tempting items chef Kristan Swafford is currently offering on the Blue Goose’s menu.

The restaurant also provides a selection of wines from small Washington vineyards.

The Blue Goose used to be Rosi’s Garden Restaurant and the Victorian Bed and Breakfast.

The Blue Goose restaurant opened March 21. Some townsfolk got an early look at the new restaurant. The Blue Goose held a benefit last month for the Boys and Girls Club which raised $300 for the new outlet for local youth. Owner Sue Cunningham said between 60 and 70 people attended.

She said she plans to add several more tables in the main dining room. The inn also offers an eight-table patio for outdoor seating when weather permits.

The Blue Goose will offer a weekend brunch beginning Easter weekend.

While the restaurant opened last month, the bed and breakfast is opening this weekend. It’s already booked thanks to the Whidbey Island Marathon that takes place Sunday.

The bed and breakfast offers two bedrooms on the second floor. Each room has antique furniture and private bath. Cunningham scoured area antique shops to find the right furniture for the bedrooms.

The new restaurant is somewhat of a Christmas present. Cunningham purchased the building last December. Since then, she’s been busy sprucing up the historic home.

She and several members of her family slept on air mattresses in the building while they renovated it.

“We painted, wall papered or tiled every square inch of the place,” Cunningham said.

She said the most difficult thing to remove was the wisteria that had grown around the cottage that serves as Cunningham’s home behind the Blue Goose.

“It was literally over the whole house,” Cunningham said.

Originally a Seattle native, she moved to Coupeville after spending years in Texas working as a business analyst for American Airlines.

She was looking for a business to buy when she heard about the vacant restaurant in Coupeville.

Swafford, who is a Texas native, received her training from Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise Groupe Ferrandi in France. She chose to study in France because she liked the school’s focus on professionalism.

“It was the right route.” Swafford said. “It allowed me to work in France for two years.”

The Blue Goose Inn is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Lunch goes from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner goes from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 678-4284 or on the Internet at www.bluegoosecoupeville.com.

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