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Mitzels wont be Mitzels when it returns
POULSBO Those looking forward to the return of Mitzels to Poulsbo Village might be disappointed because the popular eatery isnt coming back. Instead a new as-yet-unnamed restaurant will be built on its foundation.
Mitzels was destroyed in a fire May 30, 2006 and its parent company, Elmers Restaurant, promised to return to Little Norway as quickly as possible.
We are hoping for a fall opening, said Elmers Restaurant spokeswoman Kim Van Syoc. It will not be named Mitzels.
The new restaurant will feature some Mitzels favorites, but it will also serve items made from Northwest ingredients, Van Syoc said.
Those who cant find their Mitzels favorite on the restaurants new menu can always find them at other Mitzels locations, she added.
It will be warm, inviting and were going to have the signature fireplace, she said. We know how much the community loved it.
Actual construction on the new establishment wont begin for a couple of weeks, but because of the communitys strong desire for its return, the decision was made to get the word out as quickly as possible, Van Syoc said.
Its really important to a lot of people, she said. Were paying homage to something that was loved, but looking ahead at the same time.
As soon as the construction timeline is ready, Elmers Restaurant officials will notify the public as well as announce the eaterys new name once it has been selected.
Weve got a couple were working from, but we havent made a final decision yet, Van Syoc said.
Thurdays press release caught Poulsbo Village property manager Bev Lyon off-guard as she said she wasnt planning on notifying the media until construction actually began.
Its taken less than 18 months because theres been so much cooperation between everyone, Lyon said.
Despite losing one of its anchor tenants, the Village has continued thriving and the construction wont impact any businesses in the shopping district, she said.
There will still be plenty of parking for customers, Lyon said.