Southworth commuters can eat again

Sound Food began serving food to delighted ferry passengers on the Southworth/Vashon Island/Fauntleroy run this week.

The start-up wasn’t entirely without incident, however, as all the cash registers refused to work for the first few hours on Tuesday morning, the first day of service.

Sound Food owners Bill Dorn, riding on the Tillicum that morning, and Norm Vork, aboard the Issaquah, were exhausted but upbeat as commuters began their ferry treks at 4 a.m.

Baking for Tuesday’s kickoff began at 9 p.m. the previous evening and the two began loading the boats with food around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Both men noted they’d had little or no sleep in the previous 24 hours.

In some cases, the opening sounded like a reunion. Linda Klienendorst, who worked in the ferry galley for 16 years before being laid off when Sodexho’s contract expired earlier this year, was greeeted with hugs by several passengers.

“My commuters have been happy to see me,” she said of her first morning back on the job.

Dorn noted that by next Wednesday, Minglement Tea should be available and on opening day the galleys featured Vashon Island wine and Wax Orchards orange juice.

The route is the first in the ferry system to see a return of on-board food service.

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