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Cold brews and stunning views | The Loft in downtown Poulsbo has style, value.

POULSBO — Cool summer breezes waft in off Liberty Bay into the Loft at Latitude Forty Seven Seven in downtown Poulsbo.

The smells of seared ahi, garlic parmesan fries and lime and cilantro marinated steak that fill the air are proof that Sandy Kolbeins’ restaurant offers more than a stunning view.

Windows on both side of the dining area lead to the large open deck and let in plenty of light. Brightly painted chairs, warm yellow booth seats and stripped down exposed pillars give the restaurant the feel of a chic downtown loft. The character of the space defines it, Kolbeins said.

“It’s casual, good value and atmosphere and the fact that when people come in nine times out of 10, myself or my wife is there,” Kolbeins said.

Kolbeins moved to Poulsbo to be with Angela Gruber, a Poulsbo native to whom he is now married.

“When I met her, I met the love of my life,” Kolbeins said. “I want to be here more than I want to be there, so what does that tell you?”

After owning several restaurants and nightclubs in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., and with the love of his life by his side, it took Kolbeins nearly four years to find a location for the restaurant.

“This is what I do,” Kolbeins said. Owning and operating restaurant is in Kolbeins nature.

The Loft at Latitude Forty Seven Seven opened about a year ago and offers more than average beach burger and fries. A fully stocked bar, with beer on tap and an expanding wine selection, gives patrons an opportunity to indulge in the view while sipping on some fine spirits.

He attributes the support of his family and the community, for the restaurant’s survival.

“Little family things that make people go ‘this place is real’ and I think that people want us to succeed,” Kobeins said.

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