JW @ The Boatyard Opening at Gig Harbor Marina

At last, JW @ The Boatyard is opening this Friday, April 1st — no fooling! The long-awaited food trolley operated by JW Restaurant at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard is finally set for its grand opening, just in time for the Paddlers Cup in the harbor this weekend.

Just follow the tantalizing aromas along the downtown waterfront to the red food trolley at the entrance to Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. You’ll find many delicious Northwest favorites offered by the chef of popular JW Restaurant.  Stop by for food to-go or stay and enjoy it at the umbrella-covered picnic tables in front of the trolley.

JW @ The Boatyard opens

Laura Carlson of JW @ The Boatyard stands ready to greet the first customers at the food trolley.

JW @ The Boatyard Opening at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard

JW @ The Boatyard had a soft opening menu-tasting with friends and family to rave reviews last night. JW General Manager Jamie Lindsey was thrilled that the trolley was finally getting its debut after months of waiting to complete the permitting process.

“We are just very excited that this day is finally here,” she said as she bustled around getting things ready before guests arrived for the soft opening. “After all the waiting, suddenly this week everything was finalized. We are so happy to be in this location.”

JW @ The Boatyard opens at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard

Ron Roark, owner and general manager of Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard, stops for a photo food trolley staff. Standing, from left are Jamie Lindsey, JW general manager, Laura Carlson and Alisha Wederski.

A couple dozen invited guests soon arrived to sample the delicious cuisine served through the trolley windows at JW @ The Boatyard. Lindsey circulated among them to offer choices for the menu tasting. From a red plastic cup diners chose a slip of paper listing the menu item they would get to try. There was also space to jot down comments for feedback on food quality, quantity and what they would be comfortable paying for that menu item.

JW @ The Boatyard Opening at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard

Satisfied comments were the order of the evening as people tucked into their selections at the picnic tables. “What did you get?” “I got Harbor Cod Tacos.” “This is delicious!” “Mine’s the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich. ” “Really good!”

Food trolley fare at JW @ The Boatyard

Harbor Cod Tacos and a Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich are just a few of the tantalizing menu items offered at JW @ The Boatyard. Gluten free options are available, along with a Little Deck Hands menu for kids.

You’ll get to see for yourself beginning this Friday, April 1, and on through a popular weekend to be downtown along the waterfront. The annual Paddlers Cup sponsored by the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Race Team takes place April 2-3 at the public dock in Skansie Brothers Park. The Canoe & Kayak team is renting The Club @ The Boatyard, next to JW @ The Boatyard, so come down and be part of the action. Stop by the red food trolley and enjoy a delicious lunch while you watch the paddle races.

JW @ The Boatyard is offering tantalizing cuisine such as 7 Seas Beer Battered Cod ‘n Chips, Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken or Salmon, Apple Cider Pulled Pork, Calamari Strips with Sun-dried Tomato Basil Aoili, Salmon Chowder, Hand-dipped Smoked Chicken Bacon Cheddar Corn Dogs, Blackened Chicken Tacos and a lot more. Kid-friendly choices on the Little Deck Hands menu include Cheese Quesadillas, Hand-dipped Corn Dogs and Chicken Strips. Be sure to finish with an amazing Whidbey Island ice cream bar: Mint Chocolate, Coconut, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Orange Chocolate and of course, Vanilla.

JW @ The Boatyard will be open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to dusk.

JW @ The Boatyard opens

Picnic tables and a grassy area are available at JW @ The Boatyard. Eat here or take your food to go as you stroll along the harbor.

JW @ The Boatyard Opening at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard

Be sure to visit the popular JW Restaurant at the other end of Harborview Drive, by the Harbor History Museum. The cozy restaurant is noted for it’s “creative comfort cuisine, a new twist on old classics,” according to their website, “a place to relax and dine as if you were in the comfort of your own home.” JW was voted South Sound’s “Best” for the 5th year in a row in 2015, for Best Romantic Dinner and Best Chef in the South Sound.


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