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Islander Pub to close Saturday, Aug. 3, will open in Aviara in the fall

Construction work continues on the new Islander Pub location in the Aviara building. The restaurant is expected to reopen in September. - Rebecca Mar/Mercer Island Reporter
Construction work continues on the new Islander Pub location in the Aviara building. The restaurant is expected to reopen in September.
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The Islander Pub & Restaurant has one more week to remain in its current space until it must move out. The closing day is set for Saturday, Aug. 3.

"The owners of this building are really working hard to help us," said Brian Patton, who owns The Islander. "We are trying to stay open for as long as possible."

A demolition permit for the building still has yet to be issued. The restaurant was initially scheduled to close this weekend, July 27. Next week, it will be open with a limited menu and hours.

The Islander's new location in Aviara won't be ready to open until late September or October — leaving a long gap after closing.

The new location is approximately 70 percent complete, and The Islander received its final electrical permit from the city on Tuesday. With 5,960 square feet including the outdoor patio, the new location will have a total capacity of 237 occupants and 90 parking stalls in the garage.

In a more contemporary decor featuring northwest timber, there will be 12 booths, numerous tables and a separate bar in the back. Larger parties can be accommodated, and outdoor patio seating is anticipated by the spring of 2014.

"We are working feverishly to get our new place open," said Patton, who has a home on West Mercer Way. From Belfast, Northern Ireland, he has resided in the Seattle area for 30 years.

Patton owns The Dubliner Irish Pub in Fremont and four other local restaurants on golf courses, including Willows Run in Redmond. He started The Islander with a partner, Mick McHugh, of F.X. McRory’s. Patton became the sole owner early on and the restaurant then developed as a bar. Now, McManus has accepted a business partnership from Patton and will remain the head chef.

The Islander has occupied the space above True Value for 13 years, after other restaurants. It has a total staff of 28.

“This spot is going to be missed by a lot of people,” said chef Scott McManus, a Wallingford resident. McManus attended the Pittsburgh International Culinary Academy and other schools, and worked at the Golf Club at Newcastle before joining The Islander five years ago.

With a larger commercial kitchen in Aviara, The Islander will be able to add breakfast to the menu on weekdays. Brunch will be available on weekends. Menu prices will remain the same, and the menu will be expanded. The Islander will continue to use local ingredients - all seafood, for example, comes from Freshy’s. Stumptown Coffee will also be offered.

The Islander’s new address at Aviara will be 2441 76th Ave. S.E., Suite 150.

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