Domino's Pizza looking to land on Bainbridge Island

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An artist's rendering shows the interior of a Domino's pizza store that has been proposed for the Island Shopping Center on Bainbridge Island.
— image credit: Image courtesy of the city of Bainbridge Island

Hold the anchovies.

Actually, hold the phone.

Domino's Pizza has been talking with city officials about opening a restaurant on Bainbridge Island, but city officials have rejected the company's initial suggestions on where the pizza place could be located.

The national pizza chain has come to the city with plans of establishing a locally owned and operated franchise in the Village Shopping Center on High School Road. The pizza chain has been eyeing two potential locations in the shopping center — which is currently home to a Subway sandwich shop, a Safeway grocery and other businesses — over the past few months.

Kathy Cook, the city's planning director, has been talking with the company about its plans for a franchise on the island. She met with representatives from Domino's Pizza on April 17.

Since then, after a string of emails discussing the details of the proposed pizza shop, Cook notified Domino's on June 29 that there may be a glitch in the company's plan.

Bainbridge officials said Domino's business model requires a standardized menu and the use of take-out containers. That means the proposal would qualify the pizza shop as a formula take-out food restaurant — something restricted by city regulations — and existing zoning will not permit the business in the Village Shopping Center.

Cook has told Domino's that the company could set up a franchise on High School Road east of Highway 305, however.

Company officials have suggested multiple changes to make it fit within Bainbridge's regulations that restrict the establishment of fast-food restaurants.

A Bainbridge Island Domino's Pizza would be different than most of its franchises elsewhere, company officials have told the city.

Domino's has said the Bainbridge menu would be different, offering salads and dessert items. There would also be prepared hot-served food for purchase. Domino's also mentions the possibility of offering a unique "Islander Pizza" or "Mariners Sandwich."

The proposal for the island also suggests changes in the store's appearance. The company has said it would like to post a signature sign on the store's front, resembling a sign that is hand-carved from wood. The sign would not be internally lit.

With space to seat approximately 24 customers, and further possible outside seating, the Domino's will be decorated with "local flaire" and artwork.

The inside could be decorated with photos depicting island history, and there would also be a "Coke Smart Fountain," which company officials said lets customers make a soda by choosing from more than 150 ingredients.

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