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New home for Brix 25

A glimpse into the main dining space of the new Brix 25 location on the Gig Harbor waterfront. Photo credit: Jackie Fender

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Gig Harbor establishment, Brix 25, has maintained a reputation for providing a casual fine dining experience that includes innovative dishes paired with exquisite PNW wine varietals and libations under the care of husband and wife team, Katie Doherty and Thad Lyman for nearly a decade now. Some might have noticed their space at 7707 Pioneer Way has recently gone dark, but fear not. Brix 25 has simply moved to their new waterfront locale just blocks away. The transition from their intimate, cozy nook into what was once retail space, Ship to Shore has been in the works for several years now.

The transformation of the Ship to Shore space into a restaurant was already an ambitious concept. Add to that, permitting hurdles and contractor extensions and those who had heard the rumors early on might have began to wonder if the move was ever going to actually happen. But here we are, with the grand opening set for April 21. Upon entrance the space is open and airy. Pops of soft blues and earthy greens accent throughout. They've ditched the white clothed tables for warm black walnut tabletops, adorned with cheerful air plants that bring the earthy, oceanic vibe all together somehow. As you approach the main doors, you can spy the kitchen, on full view through large windows and double doors. In the main dining area, wine service is done front and center upon a beautiful wood centerpiece, highlighted by a geometric chandelier.

The biggest change to the ambiance, which remains to be intimate and charming, are the windows, ALL the windows with gorgeous views of the boat-lined marina. And, ample patio seating for those eager to soak up those rays of sunshine while dining during the warmer months. Upstairs you'll discover Brix's new private dining space, perfect for birthdays, baby showers, corporate gatherings, you name it. This space boasts much of the same airy, warm vibe with glorious views of the marina and Mount Rainier.

For those familiar with Brix 25, they can anticipate much of the same, menu wise. New American cuisine where classic dishes are given a compelling flare and executed with special attention to detail, locally sourced ingredients and elegant presentation. Expect more seasonal seafood options to make the list like Pan Fried Idaho Rainbow Trout or Banana Leaf Wrapped Branzino Wholefish. And rumor has it, Tomahawk Dry Aged Steak is a thing of legend. Many of the guest's favorites will remain on the menu, while some others have been given some updates and new character. The PNW focused wine selection will continue to highlight some of the best winemakers in Washington and Oregon. And though the name, Brix 25, is a homage to a wine term, they also have one of the best bar programs in the region. The cocktail selection boasts compelling libations with intriguing ingredients and clever monikers that are worth a visit alone. You can opt for sweet and flirty with the Amalfi Coast a lemon gin, lemon, limoncello, grapefruit and allspice concoction, keep it classy with a Sour Smash Old Fashioned, which pairs Basil Hayden with sour cherry jam and an ancho chili liqueur, or get funky with ginger liqueur, Amaro, Makers Mark and lemon in Gilligan's Dream. Also, their Signature Smokin' Sweet Rita recently made my must-sip margarita list.

Where Brix 25 once resided will play home to a new restaurant concept that the two have dreamt up. What you may ask? Well, that is being kept under wraps for now, but if the experience and product they provide at Brix 25 and their other establishment, Netshed No. 9, is any indication, it's sure to be a delectable dining adventure.  

BRIX 25, 5-9:30 p.m., Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 5-9 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday, 3315 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor, 253.858.6266,

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