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Captain K's sets sail with new skipper

"It took only one visit to Mount Rainier to lure Tim English away from the Magic Kingdom.English, who purchased Captain K's restaurant in Port Orchard last month, was working as food and beverage manager for Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in 1990 when his family decided to vacation in the Pacific Northwest. We were looking for something a little different, he said. My kids had never seen snow before, so we drove straight from the airport up to Mount Rainier on the Fourth of July. We were hooked.English moved soon thereafter, landing a job as food and beverage director at Alderbrook Inn near Hood Canal. He later managed a Black Angus restaurant in Bremerton for four and a half years before branching out on his own.I don't mind working hard and putting in a lot of hours, he said, but I want to be the one to reap the rewards rather than a parent company.Captain K's, opened by Dick Kellstop in 1985, had a proud heritage, English said, but had slipped somewhat by the time he purchased the name and the restaurant from Perry LeCelle earlier this year.At one time, there were four Captain K's operating in Kitsap County, but this is the only one left, he said. With a little luck, we can start opening up more of them in a year or so.Captain K's features seafood, steaks and continental cuisine. English said he is trying to make the menu more health-conscious, as well as more value-conscious. He's already increased the size of portions and lowered the price of lunch entrees from $5.95 and up to $3.75 to $5.95.English, who operates the South Park Village Shopping Center eatery with his wife Janet and his mother Barbara, is also redesigning the interior, including new carpets and furnishings, and renovating the restrooms.It's all intended to coincide with a facelift the shopping center itself is scheduled to undergo within the next year.We think this is an excellent location for us, English said. South Park is the first shopping center you see on Mile Hill Drive as you head into town. As that road gets busier and busier, we think more and more people will feel the need to stop and eat.English describes Captain K's as a place inexpensive enough to visit at least once a week, but elegant enough to make the experience memorable.We're putting a real emphasis on service, too, English said. I want this to be the kind of restaurant where you see the manager every day of the week.It's a lot of work right now. I feel the challenges every day, but I'm facing them with a smile on my face."

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