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For the love of a libation

Co-owner Laurie Goffin stands in front of the new wine shop she and her  husband Dave plan to open Oct. 4 at 3388 Byron St. in Old Town Silverdale. The Lighthouse Cafe and Wine Bar promises a homey, yet nautical atmosphere in which to partake of the nectar of the grape. - Photo by Tracey Cooper
Co-owner Laurie Goffin stands in front of the new wine shop she and her husband Dave plan to open Oct. 4 at 3388 Byron St. in Old Town Silverdale. The Lighthouse Cafe and Wine Bar promises a homey, yet nautical atmosphere in which to partake of the nectar of the grape.
— image credit: Photo by Tracey Cooper

The Lighthouse Cafe and Wine Bar is where the Northwest meets Nantucket and conversations flow with the Cabernet.

Owners Laurie and Dave Goffin of Silverdale hope to open the Lighthouse Saturday, Oct. 4 in Old Town Silverdale at 3388 Byron St.

“There’s a huge population down here thirsting for something unique,” Laurie said at the building, which is being renovated into a cozy, yet sophisticated nook.

“We want people to feel comfortable here, like they’re home,” she said.

The Lighthouse will have a nautical theme with blues and reds in its decor. There are comfy leather couches, tables to dine at and seating where people can access the Internet. A large fireplace and soft lighting will give the space a warm glow. A custom player grand piano will entertain guests as they sip espresso or mouth-watering libations from the world’s vineyards.

Although the cafe will serve sandwiches, salads and a soup de jour, its focus is the wine. “Wine-friendly” appetizers and desserts appear on the menu as well.

“This place is designed around the wine. It’s not a restaurant, it’s not a bar, it’s educating people about wine,” Laurie said.

A large granite slab will serve as a wine tasting bar.

The Lighthouse will have a house “pour” that rotates monthly and 8-10 wines that will be sold by the glass. Bottles will be available for purchase and without the usual restaurant mark-up of two to four times retail.

“We’re not going there,” she said.

The Goffins have more than 30 years experience working in the grocery industry. Laurie most recently was wine steward at the Silverdale Market and has 15 years in the wine business. Dave is employed with the Coca-Cola bottling company, a job which initially brought the couple to the Kitsap peninsula.

Laurie describes the business as community minded with space for local artists to show their work. The piano will also be open to people who want to show off their talent.

“We want to draw attention to Old Town Silverdale, make it a destination site. There’s a lot to offer down here,” Laurie said.

The Lighthouse will be open from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Friday and Saturday hours are 6 a.m. to whenever it’s time to close up.

It will feature a retail store with wine glasses, corkscrews and other wine-related accessories. Picnic baskets and gift baskets will also be available. The Lighthouse may be reserved for special events.

For information contact the Goffins at (360) 698-WINE (9463).

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