In the short time since Seaplane Kitchen & Bar opened, the Kenmore-based restaurant has been hopping with customers hungry for a quality dining establishment in their neck of the woods. Not many restaurants can successfully offer a little something for everyone, but Seaplane is managing to do just that — high-quality Prosciutto di Parma sliced to order, local oysters on the half-shell, and plank-roasted salmon — plus pizza, a burger, and garlic knots.
(Pro Tip: Pair that garlic knot with a bowl of house-made meatballs. Expert Level: Stuff half a meatball in the middle of that garlic knot, and bliss out. Thank you, bartender Donny Tate, for opening our eyes.)
In classic TV infomercial “but, wait, that’s not all” form, Seaplane implemented a robust to-go program. The staff at Seaplane is truly interested in serving its local clientele and noticed many customers looking to pick up dinner on the way home from work. Maybe the restaurant was too busy to sit down, or perhaps they just want to eat in peace at home with the kids. Whatever the reason, guests seemed fond of the take-out notion.
Bartender Donny Tate explained how many times guests like to sit at the bar and enjoy a beer while they wait for a to-go order, or wish they could take a beverage home to consume with their dinner. So, Seaplane made it happen, introducing the Frequent (Beer) Flyer program earlier this year.
It works like this: Sample a variety of beers on tap at your leisure (while waiting for your order or when visiting as a customer), then choose your favorite brew to be custom-canned before your eyes in a 32-ounce crowler. Every crowler fill-up earns a stamp on a punch card. When the punch card is complete (10 crowlers purchased), get the 11th on the house.