Clubhouse Grill already drawing a crowd

"Port Orchard has heard the call of a new restaurant on Mile Hill Road and received the message loud and clear. The Clubhouse Grill, which opened on Feb. 15, is a business that's getting a lot of attention already.We've gotten a good response from customers, said Manager Katie Thompson. They needed a place like this.With a huge menu focused on homestyle recipes, and people lining up in the front lobby after being open for less than a week, the Clubhouse Grill has been very well received by the people of Port Orchard.The eatery is owned by Frank and Kristin Tweten, who also own Clubhouse Grill restaurants in Federal Way and Tacoma. The building, which previously housed Pietro's Pizza and two Mexican restaurants before that, is spacious and filled with big windows, a fireplace, and decorative booths and tables.The building sat empty for a long time, said Thompson. They've built everything from the ground up. The Twetens' are active participants in their businesses, according to Katie Thompson.Frank did all this woodwork himself, and he worked hard, said Thompson of the interior in the lobby of the restaurant. He will get on line and cook if we're all backed up. And Kris, she's always coming up with new recipes.The Clubhouse Grill has a breakfast menu (dubbed Breakfast of Champions) that's served all day and offers specialties such as bacon waffles, strawberry crepes and blintzes, and eight varieties of omelettes.The lunch and dinner menu is larger and is filled with everything from big salads to two-fisted sandwiches, according to Katie Thompson. Handmade burgers, steak, seafood, pasta, deli sandwiches, and a selection of homemade classics (including traditional favorites such as chicken and dumplings, meatloaf and country-fried steak) round out a menu geared towards capturing the essence of homestyle cooking.Everything is homemade, said Thompson. We make our own soups, we smoke everything (such as turkey and ribs) ourselves in the back with the smoker, and we even make old-fashioned milkshakes with hard ice cream.Special features include daily soups (known as The Best Soup in the Neighborhood), daily specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a dessert menu, a healthy choices section (where entrees are broken down to show calories and grams of fat), a full-service bar (which doubles as the only smoking section of the restaurant), and the option of to-go orders.Katie Thompson already sees several items on the menu that have become popular. Ribs...people are going crazy for ribs, she said, adding that they have already gone through as many as three cases of ribs in a day. The Clubhouse Top Sirloin with prawns is good, and all our sandwiches have really taken off. Milkshakes, too, even though it's winter.Currently, the business is not taking reservations due to the large numbers of people who visit. We've been packed, said Thompson. Business is so busy that you might find a 15-minute wait. We have to work out our kinks.A grand opening is in the works in the upcoming weeks, and Thompson predicts success for the future of Clubhouse Grill. We have good portions, she said. You're not going to go home hungry, and I think we'll do very well out here. "

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