Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall Newsletter

Well, we did it!  We made it through another busy summer season, mostly unscathed!  We cannot believe how many people walked through our doors in July and August (20,325 to be precise), and sold a lot of burgers (2,762 to be precise).  It was the summer of broken things...our fish fryer went kaput so we had no fish and chips, calamari, or fried oysters for 3 weeks as the new one was on it's way.  Our deck heaters all decided to be on the fritz within days of each other (luckily it was a hot summer!), the walk in refrigerator had problems off and on, and countless other little issues...and yet somehow we managed to stay in good spirits (for the most part) and we are all still standing!   A special thanks to our locals who endure these few months with us, who are patient when there might be a 1.5 hour wait, who cheer us on and who rejoice when they get their restaurant back in September.  Thank you!  And no thank you is big enough to our amazing crew...seriously relentless shifts that they handled with grace!
 
 
Onto what's coming up:
We're wrapping up Washington Cider Week this weekend.  We are offering a cider menu with 3 ciders on draft and 6 by the bottle, featuring Snowdrift ciders.  Snowdrift is a family run cidery in Wenatchee, and one of the owners lives right here in Langley. If you make it in be sure to order their summer red on draft...it's out of this world!
Also this weekend, celebrate Arts Alive on the streets of Langley.  From 11-3 on Saturday, over 50 artists will be demonstrating their talents.  Click here for details
http://www.visitlangley.com/arts_alive/

 
DJANGOFEST 2014 is just around the corner.  Langley will be filled with music on street corners, restaurants, and actual concerts and workshops throughout town...visit the WICA website for all the details. www.wicaonline.com   We will be hosting the Saturday night jam session...after the show we'll plan on staying open until at least 1:30 and serving a limited menu from 10 pm until at least midnight.
Be sure to call us for reservations...this is one of Langley's busiest weekends.

Slow Food Whidbey Island is presenting TASTE OF WHIDBEY on September 28th at Greenbank Farms from 1-4.  Lots of bites and sips from local restaurants, wineries, bakeries, coffee roasters, all featuring local product.  These tickets sell out fast, so be sure to order yours today at www.brownpapertickets.com or contact taste@whidbey for an auto response of ticket seller locations on the island.  Because Georgie at Willowood Farms told us she has a plethora of "toddler head sized beets" we will be preparing beets 3 ways.  Hope to see you there!
Here's a little video from last year's event...look for the cute kid in the yellow penguin sweater...that's our youngest.  http://whidbeytv.com/a-bite-of-home
 
We now have tote bags and kids t-shirts on sale...aren't they cute?!?
 
WE WILL BE CLOSED OCTOBER 6th and 7th for a deep clean and a deep breath.

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Don't forget: Mondays are restaurant industry day (20% off bill), every day is teacher discount day (10% off), and Thursdays are live music night!

 
 
Make absolute sure you check out the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio's website for very exciting destination workshops with amazing artists!
http://www.whidbeyislandfas.com/
As always, thanks so much for the patronage and hope to see you very soon.
Jenn, Sieb, Rachel, and Lucas


Monday, June 16, 2014

SUMMER NEWS

Wow...summer is right around the corner!  The patio is open and we are loving this stretch of sunny weather.  The 2nd Street project is finally nearing completion and it's looking wonderful out there.  The Langley Main Street Association just last week organized an amazing volunteer effort to get the beds planted and it looks awesome!  I feel it in my bones, this summer is going to be off the charts!  Please remember, we can't guarantee reservations on the patio...the best way to explain it is that we can guarantee you a reservation at a certain time, but not necessarily in a certain place.  We do our very best to make everyone happy and it is a big juggling act!

 CHOOCHOKAM Arts Festival.  This marks the 39th year of this wonderful festival of the arts, July 12th and 13th.  For more details on Choochokam and other Langley happenings visit http://www.visitlangley.com/

 
On Monday, July 28th, we'll be having our 5th annual GEORGETOWN BREWING BEER DINNER..beer maker Manny Chao comes out to the island and we pair up at least 5 courses with his great beer... $65/person.  This we'll seat between 5:30-8, call or email for reservations.  360 221 4060.



 
 

We will soon be offering tote bags and kids tshirts with our newly crafted logo created by Kalakala Co Mercantile based right here in Langley http://kalakala.co/  We love the design!

The Whidbey Island Area Fair (better known as the Island County Fair) is earlier than usual...the new dates are July 31-Aug 3.  For more details visit www.whidbeyislandfair.com



We will make a few more changes over the next few weeks to get our summer menu completely up and running.  Currently our plats du jour are as such:
Sunday: coq au vin - red wine braised washington natural chicken, chevre gnocchi, bacon, and mushrooms
Monday: bouillabaisse - mussels, clams, white fish, fingerling potatoes, croutons, rouille, and a saffron fume'
Tuesday: foie de veau au poivre (pan seared veal liver), polenta, roasted shallots and a green peppercorn jus
Wednesday: moulard duck breast a l'orange - grilled asparagus, pommes dauphine, and a citrus jus
Thursday: house made sausage "choucroute - potatoes, ham hock, manny's beer braised sauerkraut

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Don't forget: Mondays are restaurant industry day (20% off bill), every day is teacher discount day (10% off), and Thursdays are live music night!
As always, thanks for your patronage and we hope to see you real soon!
Jenn, Sieb, Rachel, and Lucas

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Closed Monday, May 5th

We will be closed tomorrow, Monday May 5th for some major summer preparations.  We will take this opportunity to finish our deck projects so that we can be ready for the next round of nice weather...we had to utilize last week's beautiful weather to finish some painting and repairs.  You will also see a brand new bar top next time you come in!!!  Thanks for understanding!







Friday, February 7, 2014

News


 
 Even though it's FREEZING out there today and the Groundhog saw his shadow, there are little signs that spring is on it's way.  The first few sightings of the grey whales are definite indicators, as are the little buds arriving on the cherry blossom trees.  And with that come a lot of great things to tell you about in Langley.
 
First off, a few changes on our menu.  Last week we added a grilled octopus dish that we arecontinually selling out of, so come early if you're looking for that.  Back on the menu is our crispy pork belly with a dried fruit mostarda.  And a pickled black cod dish with house made white wine vinegar, oregon wasabi cream and sunchoke chips created by sous chef Red.  We've also brought back the farmer's plate which we now serve with house cured coppa and bresaola, morbier cheese, landjaeger, normandy butter and grapes. 

 
 
 
 
Next weekend is a big one in Langley...Valentines and President's Day Weekend.  We have just a few spots left for our cozy and romantic Valentines evening...please call ASAP so you can ensure your spot.  Trio Nouveau will be playing love songs and we'll be serving up some extra special specials!



a sleuth stopping in for a clue last year






 Langley's 30th annual Mystery Weekend is coming right up on February 22nd and 23rd.  This year's mystery has something to do with a bird sanctuary and an evil land developer...or something crazy like that.  This is an "interactive and improvisational" 2 day murder mystery and it is always a ton of fun. This is a great weekend getaway for groups of friends, families with kids of all ages, couples and solo mystery solvers.  We see all types of people walking through our doors to collect their clues.  We get the serious sleuths and groups just looking for a good time.  Make your plans now!  More details at www.visitlangley.com

 
 Welcome the Whales!  Langley is truly becoming a whale watching epicenter.  The Puget Sound area is on the path of the grey whale migration from the Baja peninsula to the Bering Sea.  It is not an exaggeration to say that often the whales are too close into the shore for us to see them from our windows at Prima, as the buildings across the street block our view.  They come right up to our seawall to feed on the ghost shrimp (read about it at http://www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/thingstodo/outdoor_adventure/graywhales/)
 I'm very excited to announce that the Orca Network is bringing a Whale Center to our little town, opening March 1.  Additionally, the Mystic Sea whale watching vessel will be back in town from March 8-May 18 for whale watching trips leaving right out of our marina.  Visit their website to http://www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/thingstodo/outdoor_adventure/graywhales/
And our world famous "Welcome the Whales" parade is April 19th! 
Make sure you visit Langley in the next few months to see the whales...if you hear the whale bell ringing, head straight to the waterfront for front row seats (or if you see a whale, run up to the park next to the Doghouse and ring the bell to alert the town).
right from the Langley shore...photo credit Jill Hein, Mystic Sea Charters


watercolor image from designlangley.org
Our little town is undergoing an amazing transformation right now.  2nd Street has a major facelift occurring but the main thing you need to know is that all businesses are open and accessible.  There is plenty of parking, you just need to know where to go...the Star Store lot is always going to be accessible, going through the alley is a good trick to get you in.  Also there is plenty of parking along 1st as well as on Anthes.  Please visit the design Langley website for more details at designlangley.org









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Don't forget: Mondays are restaurant industry day (20% off bill), every day is teacher discount day (10% off), and Thursdays are live music night!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY

CLOSING AT 3:00 SUPERBOWL SUNDAY
We realize that no one would be entering Prima during the Superbowl as we have only the one tiny tv in the bar, so we will be closing at 3:00 on Sunday.  Please visit Mo's, the Pizzeria, or China City where all the other 12's will be.  Maybe we'll see you out and about!  GO HAWKS!