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Restaurant owners go Mad
Captains Galley restaurant on Front Street in Coupeville closed April 11 as the building changed ownership.
The new owners are working 14-hour days to gut and remodel the building in time to capitalize on the busy summer season.
Were furiously and madly working at remodeling, said Melissa Lamy, who co-owns the business along with her husband, Jack.
The restaurant is being refurbished, remodeled and renamed The Mad Crab.
The Lamys want The Mad Crab to be a family-style restaurant that will feature a wood-fired oven and serve gourmet pizzas, roasted mussels and cedar plank salmon.
Central Whidbey is really hurting for a really good family restaurant, Melissa said.
In deciding why they bought the location, Jack simply pointed out the window and said, Its probably the best view on the island.
Jack was spending one recent afternoon sorting through a pile of bricks to see what can be used for the new restaurant.
While the upstairs is focusing more on a family environment, the downstairs lounge is also being gutted and the Lamys hope it will provide more of a romantic getaway.
The bar is being moved across the room, the pellet stove is gone and in its place will be a large fireplace. Jack also hopes to have live jazz and blues music in the bar.
He added that the physical structure is in good shape. Melissa said she hopes to be open for business in around three weeks.
The Lamys are a familiar couple around town. Residents may remember them as the previous owners of the Country Deli. The Lamys sold the deli in November.
While the Lamys work to open their new restaurant, Coupeville residents will be seeing other changes in the coming month as several OKs were given by the Design Review Board this week.
The board ensures construction projects follows the towns community design standards.
The building that housed Penn Cove Pizza and Pasta is set to undergo a substantial remodel. Coupeville Town Planner Larry Cort said that the exterior is going to be altered to look like four separate buildings.
Charles Poust, owner of Windjammer Gallery and Custom Framing, is planning to extend the deck on the north side of the building by nine feet and add an additional window to the building. He said that the additional deck space will improve the appearance and security of the building.
Island County Historical Museum plans to extend part of its roof to make room for an elevator that will provide access to all three floors.
The Tyee Restaurant is planning to extend the deck off its lounge, Cort said.