Business Chatter | Tamayo’s, Hot Rock Pizza, Jumbo Burrito, PBY Memorial, Flyers

When Jessie Tamayo was looking to relocate her Asian fusion-style restaurant to a different city, she kept coming back to Oak Harbor.

When Jessie Tamayo was looking to relocate her Asian fusion-style restaurant to a different city, she kept coming back to Oak Harbor.

She and her son will open Tamayo’s restaurant July 2 on Pioneer Way, filling the space vacated by Kakies Bakery, which closed in the spring.

Tamayo has visited Oak Harbor over the past eight years, and when she decided she wanted to open a new restaurant, she began researching the waterfront city.

“There were too many things,” she said, emphasizing the nice, helpful people she encountered.

Tamayo, who recently closed her Saffron Deli & Pho restaurant in Issaquah, can’t wait for Whidbey Islanders to try her Southeast Asian fusion-style cuisine from her own recipes. She calls the dishes a blend of Lao, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.

She’ll be open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Tamayo’s is located at 800 S.E. Pioneer Way.

“I want so bad to let people try my food,” she said.

Tamayo’s will be the second restaurant along Pioneer Way to open in a 10-day stretch.

Hot Rock Pizza opened Monday in the spot formerly occupied by Cameron’s Cafe at 830 S.E. Pioneer Way.

The pizza restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days per week.

BUSINESS BITS: Since the opening of Jumbo Burrito’s brick and mortar location Tuesday June 17 on State Highway 20 in Oak Harbor, lines at lunch have been nearly out the door.

The taco truck can still be found at Skagit Valley College. …

The PBY Memorial, which opened this month in the old Whidbey Furniture building on Pioneer, is looking for a visible home for its PBY Catalina aircraft.

Memorial President Wil Shellenberger is currently negotiating with property owners for a lot directly across the street, which is their preference.

They may also consider the empty lot at Highway 20 and Pioneer Way next to Louie-G’s, or the grassy area on Bayview Drive just off Pioneer. …

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery claimed two gold, one silver and four bronze medals in recent brewing competitions.

At the North American Brewers Awards, Flyers claimed Gold for Barn-stormer Brown Ale in the English Dark Mild category and Bronze for Balloon Buster Belgian Dubbel.

At the Los Angeles International Beer Competition, Flyers claimed Bronze for three different beers: the Pacemaker Porter, the Barnstormer Brown Ale the and Brouwers 8.

At the Washington Beer Awards, Flyers claimed Gold for Humbles Blonde Ale and Silver for Barnstormer Brown Ale.

 

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