Letters to the Editor

Praise for staff at Whiskey Creek

In response to the story, “The rebirth of Keyport’s Whiskey Creek,” page A20, Jan. 11 Herald.

I find it strange that the issue surrounding their attempt to open a second restaurant in downtown Poulsbo was never mentioned. There seemed to be a direct correlation of that failed venture with quality decline in Whiskey Creek. I would have thought, and I could be wrong, that much of the financial issues stemmed directly from that attempt.

Another thought: While we have been going to Whiskey Creek since the mid ’90s — 20-plus times — we have never seen the owners. Prior to the show hitting the air, my wife thought the major problem with Whiskey Creek was the owners’ “hands off” attitude toward running that shop. I agreed. Chef Irvine came up with the same conclusion.

I also thought it was a low blow for the TV program to insinuate the staff was deep into theft. While that may have been great entertainment fodder, the core issue is leadership. If there is any contiguous theme of Whiskey Creek, it is the high quality staff. The staff is clearly a very dedicated group, still hanging in there. Notable though, in our very recent trip to Whiskey Creek, once again, no owners in sight. Hmmm.

We still love the place; we will continue to be there through thick and thin as in the past.

Craig Kelly
Bainbridge Island


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