Another Gig Harbor Restaurant Closes

Reflections at the Airport’s last day open will be January 13th.

With all the controversy over the abrupt closing of the Red Rooster Café swirling around, another Gig Harbor restaurant is quietly closing its doors.  According to their Facebook page, Reflections at the Airport’s last day open will be January 13th.

They have been offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a little over a year now with a front row view of the runway take offs and landings.  We have have been frequent visitors of the restaurant and will miss them.

In my first review of Reflections, I felt that they got off to a rocky start with inconsistent service, although the food was excellent.  It was the food that kept us coming back as well as a bit of understanding about some of the bumps a new establishment can experience.  They started to get the service on point although there seemed to be frequent staff changes, which is always a challenge.

The one thing that never wavered was the quality of the food.  Executive Chef Roman Aguillon’s experience and flair for great food brought us some favorites like the Reflections Gorgonzola Chicken or the fresh Halibut and Chips.  His plates are as beautiful as they are tasty.  I also looked forward to the homemade soups.  But the one I will miss the most took the top spot on my list of The Best Sandwiches of Gig Harbor.  The Bacon, Lettuce, and Fried Green Tomato sandwich was an amazing experience in taste and texture.  It was taken off the regular menu recently although it still showed up as a special.

We had some great times at Reflections including seeing President Jimmy Carter walking across the parking lot as we were leaving and dining with a view of Jay Leno’s plane when he was in town for the opening of the new car museum.  Apparently he came through the restaurant shortly after we left.  We enjoyed the live dinner music on Saturday nights and even spent one Mother’s Day there.  I am not a fan of brunch (the kids chose) but we had a lot of fun and a really good Shepherd’s Pie, an unusual thing to find on a brunch line.

Reflections at the Airport will be open until Sunday, January 13th.  They are closed Monday and Tuesday but I encourage you to stop in later in the week for a great meal or one of their signature bar drinks made with all homemade mixers.  We will be in to say “Goodbye and Thank You” for the great food and memories.  Best wishes to the entire crew and management on your future endeavors

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Reaganart January 07, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Reaganart January 07, 2013 at 06:01 AM
My condolences to Jacques and his terrific staff. Truly the BEST attempt at creating a successful dining establishment. Unfortunately, a rotten economy affects even the best. You will be missed.
Lori Goff January 07, 2013 at 06:02 AM
I am sad to hear this. So many people raved about how good their food was. Honestly I kept meaning to try it, but just rarely got over to that part of town. I wish the business owners the very best. Considering their excellent reputation given a challenging location, I hope they will reopen in space closer to town.
Reaganart January 07, 2013 at 07:04 AM
One of the biggest hindrances to any successful restaurant at the airport is that....IT IS AT THE AIRPORT....! It is not someplace you pass by when shopping for socks, etc. Airport junkies will always frequent these establishments. We love airplanes first, food second. However, the 'regular' people go for that which is close at hand...Carl's Jr. will prove my point. I have enjoyed the last two attempts at an 'Airport' restaurant, but acknowledge that the phrase: "Location, location, location" rules the business world. Should someone new decide that they can do what others have failed to do I will give them my support, but remind them that they are following a path that many have traveled and none have succeeded at accomplishing. Perhaps a hot dog stand....? I'll be there...!
Trixie January 07, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Sorry to see the restaurant go. To be honest, when we think about places to eat in Gig Harbor, it never came to mind. Because it's off the beaten path, you really need to have compelling reminders that it's there. It's also so hard for local businesses because there isn't really a viable newspaper here, that would put their ads or reviews in front of us (grateful for Patch, though!) Now that the Gateline is charging for access, it will get much worse for local businesses to get known and stay in the forefront of people's minds. Judging from the comments on the food, sounds like we've missed out. Hoping that the people involved find a good place to land soon, (no pun intended.)
Michelle Smith January 07, 2013 at 06:09 PM
We had the same concerns as you when they opened. It's just not located where many people see it in the course of their usual day. I certainly hoped that word would spread about it and people would make the effort to get out there more often. But it's a case of "out of sight, out of mind." Maybe a hot dog stand is a good idea! :)
Bob January 07, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Sounds like Reflection would do great at the Red Rooster location..... hmmm
Michelle Smith January 07, 2013 at 09:57 PM
That is a great suggestion, Bob!


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