Downtown staying open through storm

Moondogs still offering Christmas dinner despite the region’s generous helping of snow

When it comes to driving in snow, it helps to grow up in North Dakota.

“This is just a nuisance,” said Darryl Baldwin, owner of Moondogs, Too, referring to the several inches — and then some in other places across Kitsap County — of snow that has blanketed the area, including Bay Street in downtown Port Orchard.

Bladwin said his restaurant has been open every day since the snow began falling a week ago.

“And we made sure people knew we were open,” he said, explaining that he and his staff put signs on the windows and on the sidewalk to lead people indoors.

Local businesses with no shortage of shoppers, Baldwin said, were the grocery stores like Safeway, which he said was packed with people stocking up on supplies before the weekend storm.

Across the street from Moondogs, Greg Stojack at the Candy Shoppe said a good amount of people came in Friday and Saturday to do some Christmas shopping before the storm was expected to roll in.

“Today we had a few people come in,” Stojack said, adding that while there might not be a lot of shoppers downtown, there was certainly plenty of snow.

Of those that did make it downtown, Stojack said they bought “everything,” from truffles to fudge to taffy. And, of course, the “Seagull plop” is always popular no matter the weather.

“Most of the people that are coming in now live up the street and are walking down,” he said.

As for the drivers, Baldwin at Moondogs said he hoped they will brave the roads and come out for Christmas dinner, which he said his restaurant is still serving for $1 tomorrow.

“We will be here no matter what,” he said, adding that he hoped the forecasts predicting rain instead of snow soon were correct. “We’ve had some sunshine today, so hopefully by Christmas the show should all be gone.”

As for the dinner, Baldwin said the menu includes ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls and “a special treat” that he explained were individual pumpkin pies and chocolate tortes.

The meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Moondogs, too, on Bay Street.

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