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Reflections at the Airport General Manager Jacques Henry is happy to greet guests to a new Gig Harbor dinning experience with a remodeled spot with a unique view, and a dynamic menu.
GIG HARBOR — The space that was formerly home to Narrows Landing is once again alive with the aroma of comfort food and diners of all ages. Reflections at the Airport restaurant opened in September in the former Narrows Landing space after it was cleaned up, repainted and upgraded with some new equipment.
Owner Doug Henry, who was renting the Tacoma Narrows Airport facility for teaching dance classes, said he and his wife, Sue, have been looking for a restaurant for a few years. He is also an auto enthusiast, and hopes to do car-themed and other events at the location.
“Sue and I like to cook so we could have everything in one spot — dance, cook, car shows,” he said a few days before opening. “… We are going to have good food at a fair price.”
The restaurant is a true family affair. The couple’s son, Jacques, serves as the general manager and has previously worked with executive chef Roman Aguillon.
Aguillon has been a familiar face in the downtown Gig Harbor restaurant scene for about a dozen years. When he heard about the new venture from Jacques, he saw it as an opportunity to return to Gig Harbor from Tacoma.
“I have always liked this area and appreciated the people,” he said. “… We want to bring to the community a great menu with great prices, good drinks and an atmosphere that everyone is comfortable with.”
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu that includes seafood, steaks and various other staple dishes. Dinner gravitates more toward a fine dine menu, but Henry said the restaurant has a somewhat casual atmosphere where people don’t have to be “extremely well dressed.”
“We will cater to people for all walks of life,” he added with a smile.
His goal for Reflections is to cater both to the airport patrons and to the community, and keep a diverse menu that would appeal to different tastes. He envisions hosting benefit events as well as wine and other tastings in addition to live music and car shows.
The restaurant is family-friendly and kids may enjoy watching airplanes land and take off. A banquet room can also accommodate parties for up to about 14 people.
A patio will be open for dining year round, as weather allows. “If it’s raining and you want to sit outside, we will serve you,” Jacques said. “If it’s 60 degrees in December and it’s nice out, we will open up the patio … Anything we have will be available for our guests.”
Doug Henry is a veteran entrepreneur who worked in restaurants in the ‘50s and ‘60s and later cooked on fishing boats. He worked in marine construction for 25 years and after retiring, and started teaching dance classes. In addition to owning a longtime dance lesson business, he also has a production company for dance events.
Sue Henry is involved in the new business but also works for the Peninsula School District.
He said they were attracted to the airport space because it was on this side of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge — the couple are longtime residents of Vaughn.
The family sees the somewhat remote location of the restaurant as a potential advantage.
“I like being off the beaten path because we know our guests are coming here for our restaurant, we know we are serving the community what we want,” Doug Henry said. “They are traveling to us.”
For information call (253) 432-4691.
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Reflections at the Airport is located at 1208 26th Ave. NW.
The restaurant is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturdays.