Harborside sold — again

The building space formerly occupied by the Harborside Bar & Grill and sold to Gig Harbor resident Mark Long has been sold yet again.

Long, who kept the space for just a few weeks, sold the location to Puyallup resident Bill Parkinson and his partner Mike Houlihan.

According to Long, he sold the space on downtown Bay Street to move back to his native Texas when he heard another business he was interested in purchasing, a modular building manufacturing business, came on the market.

Long advertised the space and Parkinson, 52, and Houlihan, 39, agreed to take over the lease, though the terms of the sale have not yet been finalized.

Though building owner Ron Rider said he was sad to see Long go, he is equally excited about the new owners.

“I was happy that Mark was going to be in there because he had some good ideas,” Rider said. “I was a little bit worried about what was going to go in there, but Bill and his partner have some equally good ideas.”

Parkinson was born and raised in Washington state, but said he’d only been to Port Orchard once before visiting his future property.

“I like the town and the location,” Parkinson said. “I just fell in love with the town and the marina. It was just what we were looking for.”

According to Parkinson, he and Houlihan had been looking for a space to open a restaurant and bar for six months, mostly on the other side of the Narrows Bridge.

They plan to name their new place “The Moondog Bar and Grill,” a name Parkinson said was inspired by his 18-month old, 117-pound yellow lab Zeke, whose fur blends with the moonlight during a full moon making him invisible.

“We want to have a nice ambience, a nice bar and grill,” said Parkinson, who will maintain his residence in Puyallup. “Hopefully we’ll have the best food in town.”

Parkinson said he previously worked at Boeing for 30 years and holds a master's degree in business administration.

“I know a little bit about business,” Parkinson joked. “I’ll handle more of the business end of things and (Houlihan) will run the place.”

Houlihan, who has experience as a chef in several area restaurants, plans to live above the the Moondog, turning the space into an office/apartment. He is still working on the menu, but knows the house steak will be marinated in his special barbeque sauce and that he plans to serve a bit of everything, especially seafood.

“I’m extremely excited,” Houlihan said. “I’ll be more excited when we’re making money and not spending money putting it all together.”

Parkinson and Houlihan hope to open by mid-October.

The former Harborside Bar & Grill will reopen at its new location in Bremerton on Oct. 15.

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