Keystone Café offers ferry riders a spot to dine

To go with their long waits for the ferry, passengers finally have a place to sit back and enjoy a meal. The Keystone Cafe, located across the street from the Keystone ferry terminal, has new owners and recently opened its doors.

Chris McDougal

To go with their long waits for the ferry, passengers finally have a place to sit back and enjoy a meal.

The Keystone Cafe, located across the street from the Keystone ferry terminal, has new owners and recently opened its doors.

Originally from Bend, Ore., owner Christy Kellison said she and her husband, Ray, discovered the empty restaurant when they were visiting the island.

“My husband was riding the ferry and thought what a great opportunity,” said Kellison as she worked Wednesday afternoon.

The Keystone Cafe is the couple’s first foray into the restaurant business.

The cafe offers a selection of soups, salads, chowder, beer and wine. They plan to start offering fish and chips later in the year.

The Kellisons purchased the building, which had been vacant for about a year. Since then the family has been sprucing up the interior — new carpet, paint and kitchen equipment.

Christy said the most difficult part of the renovation was commuting from Bend every weekend.

While Christy will be manning the cafe, Ray will continue his work as a commercial fisherman.

She will have some family help at the restaurant, though. Two of her children, Kaylie and Kole, will be working with her.

She and Ray have two other children. Kaprice is a student at Western Washington University and Kody is also a commercial fisherman.

The new restaurant fills a big need at the Keystone terminal. With limited service on the route, food service in the area was seen as a way to ease the effects of long summer waits.

The small Steilacoom II now serves the Keystone to Port Townsend route during a time of the year it’s normally served by two, larger Steel Electric ferries, which were pulled from service. The smaller boat will continue to serve the route until a larger ferry is built in a couple of years.

There was a concession stand operating at the terminal. However, when the Keystone Cafe opened for business, the concession stand closed.

More in Business

New wheels add shine to grooming biz

The newest addition to Oak Harbor’s grooming salon Posh Puppies may have… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Beth’s tasty 20-year road to success at bayleaf

I’m always intrigued by the fascinating, sometimes convoluted stories of how people… Continue reading

Dolls of historical figures are available at Purple Moon.
Whidbey offers unique gift ideas

Shoppers looking for gifts beyond the usual online and big-box options have… Continue reading

Restaurant owners see wharf location as a plus

If Damien and Tiffany Cortez could only say one thing about their… Continue reading

New Oak Harbor chamber director not content to ride others’ coattails

The former “poster child” for the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is… Continue reading

Pet rehab: Dogs in ‘doggles,’ cats get post-surgery care

For dog and cat owners, seeing their loyal companions endure aches and… Continue reading

Marvelous marbling: New Coupeville business bringing added dimension to Front Street

A drop of blue spreads rapidly across the still water, growing and… Continue reading

New children’s clothing boutique opens in Coupeville

Rain Puddles Kids Boutique has a variety of items for ages up to 5

New take on thrift

‘Storage wars of Whidbey Island’ leads to unique store

Kingsview opens Coupeville office

Kingsview Asset Management recently opened the doors to its new office and… Continue reading

Local brewer taps into neighboring market

Big plans are a-brewing at one Coupeville-based business. Penn Cove Brewing Co.… Continue reading

After 30 years, Whidbey Coffee is strong as ever

Whidbey Coffee’s story began with chicken fajitas at a small community festival.… Continue reading