John Wayne Marina to get new eatery   Sequim --

After more than a year of sitting idle, the John Wayne Marina Restaurant will be operating under new ownership in late July or early August. Port of Port Angeles Commissioners approved the new lease agreement Monday morning.  The chef at the new restaurant will be a familiar name to gourmet diners in the area, Steve Little, formerly with Xanadu Grill and the Old Mill Cafe. Little plans a lunch and dinner menu, as well as catering services for the Marina meeting room.



New restaurant slated for John Wayne Marina  Sequim -


A new restaurant offering "casual fine dining" is slated to open in August at John Wayne Marina - without food service for more than 14 months.  The Dockside Grill would provide lunch, dinner and catering, said Steve Little, former Xanadu Grill owner east of Sequim, to Port of Port Angeles commissioners on Monday.  The port controls the marina and onshore buildings.


"I'd like to thank the commissioners for reviewing and accepting our proposal. I look forward to serving customers who followed me since Xanadu Grill," Little said.  Port commissioners unanimously approved a lease for the new business at their meeting Monday.


"I'm really glad to finally see it occupied, especially by someone who can run a quality restaurant," said Port Commissioner George Schoenfeldt.  Pat Deja, the port's industrial development and properties manager, said Little has asked the port to enclose the outside deck area and open up the harbormaster's office to create additional seating.


The remodeling would almost double the dining area to 828 square feet, he said.  Deja said remodeling also could be done at the same time as other upgrades required for the 20-year-old space.


The remodeling costs are estimated between $30,000 and $50,000, which can be taken from funding for roof repairs that won't get done this year, he said.  Port Executive Director Bob McChesney said the port staff conducted a long search for a tenant for John Wayne Marina.


"It turns out the answer was right in our back yard," he said.


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Dockside Grill at Sequim Bay receives excellent ratings

… the Cedar Planked Rib-Eye is the

best steak I’ve ever had …”

“… we didn't know we could get food like this here …”

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A simple reminder of the elegant location of the restaurant   -   Steve Little, chef and owner of Sequim's only waterfront dining restaurant, says it was his love and passion to create delicious food for others that prompted him to open Dockside Grill.


"It is part of a lifelong dream to be able to do what I do best," he says.  Steve and his wife Ruth opened the fine-dining restaurant at John Wayne Marina in August of 2007 and it was quickly recognized with rave reviews.


Dockside Grill was nominated for Best Steakhouse, on King 5's Evening Magazine "Best of Western Washington" and is well known for the best seafood on the Olympic Peninsula.

Together with their excellent staff - including Assistant Chef and Assistant Chef Glenn Welch -'- they serve savory Northwest dishes like cedar planked steaks, bouillabaisse,  calamari steak, local seafood, oysters Rockefeller and also several fresh pasta dishes , all made to order.


"… we have something for everyone—meat lovers, seafood lovers and vegetarians, also gluten free" ...


Guests 'can enjoy their meals with a cocktail  or selection from the extensive wine list, along with featured local Micro-brews.


Granite tables are complimented by warm-colored walls, and a beautiful, handcrafted wine cabinet and indoor waterfall fountain round out the elegant atmosphere.


The ambiance is eclipsed only by the stunning waterfront dining and view of surrounding John Wayne Marina and Sequim Bay, where diners are often treated to glimpses of the marine and bird life that grace the picturesque bay, which you can enjoy with the binoculars on the windowsills.


"There's always something to watch out in the marina," says Ruth. "We have eagles that perch on the trees, sea otters and seals playing in the water, or kingfishers and cormorants flying by."


"We want to thank our wonderful guests and staff for making this dream a reality and for making Dockside Grill a destination point," Steve and Ruth add.


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“ … picture windows at Dockside Grill provide guests with a panoramic view of Sequim Bay …”

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Washington’s knockout Sequim Bay scenery is secondary at Dockside Grill once your Cedar Plank Salmon topped with Dungeness Crab arrives, often straight from the bay next door.



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“A destination point for a day trip to Sequim”

… go to Dockside Grill for their Dungeness Crab cakes.  



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