KEYPORT — The owners of Whiskey Creek Steakhouse announced they are moving the location of their restaurant this summer — across the street.
After 20 years in their present location in the heart of Keyport, owners Pat and Karan Ziarnik are moving the steakhouse to a larger facility with paved parking, handicapped accessibility, air conditioning, and a 75-seat banquet hall, according to an email sent to the Central Kitsap Reporter from the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce.
Pat Ziarnik said the building that houses their restaurant has been for sale for more than three years, and first inquired about the larger space across the street two years ago.
However, two years ago was also when the Ziarniks first applied for the Food Network reality show, "Restaurant: Impossible." When they heard from the producers in the summer of 2012, they decided to go forward with remodeling the restaurant.
“Restaurant: Impossible” filmed in late September, and the show premiered Jan. 2. The restaurant held the aura of a 50-year-old tavern, with stuffed deer and moose heads on the walls, until the show gave it a "clean and crisp" contemporary look. The Ziarniks said they were happy with the change in January. Pat Ziarnik called it “Texas chic.”
Business increased after the remodel, but began "falling off" by March of this year, and the Ziarniks again inquired about the larger space. The Ziarniks said that the new, contemporary look drove away many of their customers. While the show "created a whole new restaurant — bright, crisp and clean," Pat Ziarnik said, many missed the old Whiskey Creek feel.
"[The show] might have taken the soul out of Whiskey Creek," he said.
"The move is probably something we need to do," Pat Ziarnik said. "It's inevitable for the success of the business."
Karan Ziarnik is recreating the "old" Whiskey Creek, with wood flooring, antiques and a rustic bar. The new restaurant will have a “new menu, less cost, music and dancing on Fridays and Saturdays,” happy hour from 3-6 p.m., and off-premise catering. The Ziarniks are especially excited to bring back live music.
Pat Ziarnik said they will offer locally sourced products, bake their own bread and maybe even make their own ice cream.
With a larger facility, Pat Ziarnik said they can attract larger events like business meetings, retirement parties and receptions.
Whiskey Creek will be open in their current location through Father's Day on Sunday. The move is scheduled for the end of June and the re-opening in early July. More information at www.whiskeycreeksteakhouse.com.