(June 14, 2019) A new restaurant has opened right next to K-Coast on 78th Street, offering coastal dining, a casual atmosphere and a variety of dishes to choose from.
Mark Pugh, co-owner of K-Coast and the new Three Anchors restaurant, decided to open his own eatery last December while trying to find someone to lease the 7,000-square-foot, two-story space attached to the K-Coast store.
“We built the restaurant really with the intention of leasing it,” Pugh said. “It’s a lot of money to build out a really nice restaurant and we got to a point in December, we said if we can’t get the restaurant leased out then we’re going to do it ourselves.”
Pugh and co-owner Chris Shanahan partnered with Mills Creek Builder Kevin Rohe and officially opened Three Anchors two weeks ago, offering happy hour prices all day and introducing the restaurant’s dinner menu.
The group also partnered with Pelagic, a fishing company located in California. The upstairs bar will be named the Pelagic Bar at Three Anchors. Throughout the restaurant, the theme is coastal design, specifically featuring marlins.
The eatery, which can comfortably seat 250, provides brunch, lunch and dinner with several cocktails and draft beers to choose from.
For brunch, served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the restaurant offers egg skillets, waffles, hash browns, French toast, a brunch burger and a variety of fresh smoothies and breakfast cocktails.
For lunch, diners can choose from sandwiches, pulled pork or braised rib tacos, burgers as well as a swordfish burger or apple bacon grilled cheese.
“It’s just a comfortable place to come and hang out,” Manager Paul “Speedy” Tracy said. “It’s a bar but it’s also a sit-down restaurant. We have a big outdoor deck. It’s brand new, it’s got a great atmosphere and the decor of the place is gorgeous.”
For dinner, available beginning at 4 p.m., diners can choose options such as bleu cheese crusted filet mignon, short ribs over gouda polenta, salmon over couscous, pasta, crab cakes, scallops or seared tuna over chilled noodles.
So far, the perception of the restaurant has been positive, Pugh said.
“Everyone we’ve spoken to has really liked it,” Pugh said. “The one nice thing is people also have given us very good constructive comments because they want us to succeed.”
Smoothies will be served all day, and can be a great alternative to dessert, Pugh added.
“We’ll have a little smoothie shack that is next to the surf shop, so that will have smoothies and ice cream in it,” Pugh said. “A lot of times people go out to dinner and they won’t have dessert so we’ll give the customers a $10 off coupon to go into K-Coast. You can go in and do some shopping…We [also] have some tables outside. You can have an ice cream or a milkshake and then call it a night.”
What Pugh really likes about the restaurant space is the large, covered deck on the second floor.
“That’s one of the things that surprises people the most. They’re like, ‘Oh my gosh I cannot believe how big this deck is,’” he said. “You can dine out there for dinner and the sun’s not beating down on you especially during the summertime.”
Three Anchors will be open for the remainder of June from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Starting in July or mid-season, the restaurant will be open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
For more information, call Three Anchors at 410-524-8930