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Oak Table leaving Kingston
By KATIE SHAW
KINGSTON — The Oak Table Cafe will move from Kingston to Silverdale next year.
Owners Ross and Nikki McCurdy said they are sad to be leaving Kingston, but they are excited about the new opportunities Silverdale will bring.
The location in Kingston, adjacent to the Firehouse Theater, will be for lease in spring 2015, and the Oak Table will be open for business until then.
“We are grateful for the opportunities that have come about from being here,” Nikki McCurdy said. “Hopefully, Silverdale has as good of taste as Kingston does.”
The McCurdys said they have always dreamed of owning their own property and building a restaurant from scratch. Two years ago, they began looking, and last year they bought and committed to the property. Since they live in Poulsbo, a Silverdale location was in the best proximity for having two restaurants. The owners intended to keep the restaurant in Kingston as well, but it ended up being fiscally impossible.
“We’re sad to be leaving Kingston,” Ross McCurdy said. “We’ve been part of the community for five years now.”
The Oak Table has given over 3,000 meals away since opening May 6, 2009. The McCurdys are passionate about supporting schools and children in the community, and they frequently donate to school auctions, they said.
The Oak Table is also the location for a Guinness World Record. On Aug. 13, 2013, Ross McCurdy set the record for most pancakes made in one hour by cooking 1,092. Those pancakes were free for people who attended the record-breaking event.
“I wish them well,” Firehouse Theater owner Craig Smith said. “They’re a hard-working young couple and they deserve the best. I had a great relationship with them, and they’ll be missed.”
The Oak Table Cafe in Sequim is owned by Nikki McCurdy’s parents, Mary and Bill Nagler. It opened in 1981 and was a family business from the beginning. The McCurdys hope to follow the Naglers’ example of owning their own property and building their own restaurant. “The Oak Table really is a part of my family,” Nikki McCurdy said.
All the employees from the Kingston location will have the opportunity be transferred to Silverdale, although there is no contract requiring them to. Of the Oak Table’s 25 employees, fewer than half of them live in Kingston. For many who live in Poulsbo, Silverdale and the surrounding area, the transition will not be difficult.
“We’re a family, and we want to stay together,” Nikki McCurdy said.
The menus, dishes and look will be the same as well. The new location has no definite address yet, but the plot is on Mount Vintage Way, near Target.