Dec. 17 launched a three-day grand opening of Blondie’s, a first class restaurant and jazz lounge in Key Center. The celebration continued through Sunday and the lounge featured a different musical group each evening, the Billy Shew band, Loose Gravel & the Quarry, and Steve Stevanovich.

The kitchen is state of the art and the food is as good as it gets. Chef Glenn Rob’erts, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y., and the Royal Savage Eggs Cookery School, Plattsburg, N.Y., augmented by four additional chefs, promises only the best ingredients and cooking.

It all began in August 2003 when Lisa “Blondie” Marshall watched a new building going up on the hill above her Lisa’s Deli in Key Center and decided, “It’s going to be mine! I’m going to build a restaurant and jazz lounge there.” She continued to run Lisa’s Deli during the day; nights and weekends found her nailing, sawing, and painting with the crews creating her dream establishment.

She was nothing but upbeat throughout the 14 months of construction and creation. She poured praise on the many people who worked on the project, including Kevin Birch of Birch Electric, Doug Wilson of Pierce County, Connie Schick Floors, Sunnycrest Nursery’s Dale and Claudia Loy, and others.

“I built Blondie’s through the community and for the community. I want a place where our peninsula people can eat a quality meal in a nice place at a reasonable price without having to leave the peninsula,” she said.

Kids and Christmas converge on LIC
The gift of time: A day in the life of a Community House Volunteer