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Delilah's Cozy Kitchin expansion adds more seating, space for live music

It still is known as Delilah’s Cozy Kitchin.

But the Bay Street restaurant is a little less snug than it used to be.

Delilah’s Cozy Kitchin, which opened in February 2008, recently expanded after she took over the space next door. The acquisition of a former consignment store brings the occupancy to 75 -- up from 15 -- and adds a little stage for live entertainment.

Rene is no stranger to entertainment -- her nationally syndicated program can be heard from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday on Warm 106.9 FM, or KWRM.

But she says her day job -- night, actually -- doesn't allow her direct feedback.

“I can't see people's faces,” she said. “I go to the restaurant nearly every day and talk with people.”

And the Cozy Kitchin gives her an opportunity to indulge two of her passions.

“I like to cook, and I like to eat,” she said.

Rene previously bought a building on Bethel Avenue that she intends to turn into a high-end formal restaurant, but decided that before sinking $1 million into the project that she should learn a little bit about the restaurant business.

“I have been in radio since junior high and high school,” she said. “This opportunity came up and it was a fun way to get my feet wet and learn from the bottom up.”

Her musical background is apparent in the restaurant, from the pictures of artists who have visited on the walls to dishes such as ”Celine Dijon Chicken” and ”Fleetwood Mac and Cheese.”

“My whole life has been spent on the radio with music ... we just try and have a lot of fun.”

Rene is hoping the new stage will attract musical groups during summer evenings, and she built a little castle so kids can play while their moms have coffee. The Cozy Kitchin also has hosted some breakfast meetings and women's business meetings.

She is especially pleased to have regulars who come in every day for coffee and to ”sit, laugh, talk and share that community bonding experience.”

She calls that the key to the restaurant's success.

“We’re very community minded,” she said. “Our heart really is to serve people, share God’s love, good food and laughter.”

And she is happy to do that in Port Orchard.

“I love being in a town where you know your neighbors and they are your friends.”

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