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PYONGTAEK, South Korea — The Nitewatch II Café, long a popular eatery at Camp Humphreys in South Korea, is getting a makeover that will turn it into a Pacific Northwest theme restaurant with rustic décor, a fireplace and a new menu.

When the $420,000 renovation wraps up in October, the eatery — the post’s only full-service restaurant — will reopen as the Alaska Mining Company. Work began last week.

“We’re going to be using all Pacific Northwest fish — salmon, halibut, tuna, mahi mahi,” said Mike Ross, Area III business manager at Camp Humphreys. But the menu also will feature steaks and other items, he said.

“We’re trying to get the restaurant around to” the style of a “national chain, casual restaurant, casual dining … TGI Friday’s, Outback,” Ross said.

It’ll seat about 200, about the same as the Nitewatch II, he said.

The Nitewatch II has operated for the past 10 years, Ross said, and for the past three years has been Camp Humphreys “only full-service dining restaurant.”

Meanwhile, the Nitewatch II has relocated temporarily to Tommy D’s. Troops there can order from the the Tommy D’s menu or from the Nitewatch II menu, including its nightly specials and lunch buffets.

Its Mongolian barbecue and steak specials will be cooked at the Alfresco Café behind Tommy D’s and served in either the patio or dining room, Ross said.

“We’ve just moved the club, in its entirety,” he said. “All the programs remain the same, all the nightly specials.”

Nitewatch II hours of operation at Tommy D’s are from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekends.

Weekend breakfast buffets and champagne brunch buffets remain on their regular Nitewatch II schedule.

“The importance is that that was really our primary club facility for food, for lunch and dinners,” Camp Humphreys spokeswoman Susan Barkley said of the Nitewatch II.

“And the facility was just in need of a face lift.… It’s going to be a much more attractive facility. It’s going to be more comfortable. The menu is going to feature some new items … it’s going to be an expanded menu and there’ll be heavy emphasis on seafood.”


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