Camp Humphreys restaurant has Pacific Northwest flavor
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A Pacific Northwest theme restaurant featuring steak and seafood served by waitresses in flannel shirts, blue jeans and suspenders is open for business at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.
It’s called the Alaska Mining Company, has two totem poles outside and is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. It’s on the former site of the Nitewatch II club, which it replaces.
The Army spent about $500,000 to transform the former Nitewatch II into a full-service restaurant that’s as suitable for families as for single servicemembers, said Mike Ross, business manager with the Area III Support Activity at Camp Humphreys.
Where the former Nitewatch II “was an old-fashioned Army club,” the Alaska Mining Company will offer community members “definitely a relaxing atmosphere for them to take their friends and family to dine,” Ross said.
The renovation was finished Nov. 30, said Ross, and officials formally marked the opening on a snowy Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“And it was snowing like hell when we cut the ribbon,” Ross said. “It was very appropriate.”
The restaurant’s Pacific Northwest theme is expressed partly through the attire of the waitresses — red and black flannel shirts along with blue jeans and red suspenders — wagon-wheel chandeliers, a fireplace (gas flames), and “lots of pictures of Alaska, old mining pictures, antique mining equipment and such — picks, shovels, gold lanterns,” Ross said.
“The walls are covered with very warm wood paneling,” he said.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a separate children’s menu.
But for now, dinners will have to be ordered from the lunch menu, which includes a steak and two seafood offerings. A separate dinner menu will be introduced sometime after the New Year.
“In the next couple of weeks we’ll start training with it,” Ross said.
“We’re doing black Angus steaks, salmon, halibut, mahi and tuna” for the dinner menu, he said.
Steaks cost $17.50 and typical seafood meals from $5 to $7, Ross said.
“We’re getting away from the greasy fried foods.… We’re trying to upscale the menu to match the casual dining restaurants of the United States,” Ross said.
Call the Alaska Mining Company at DSN 753-3101 for more information.