Have you ever missed a ferry and been hungry, but didn’t want to trek back up to Winslow to get something to eat?
Of course you have. You live on Bainbridge Island.
Besides, if you did make the trip, you might not catch the next ferry.
Hi Life could be your answer. The new restaurant is located at 220 Olympic Drive SE, just below the police station.
“I’ve had my eye on this location for a long time – about six years,” said Josh Trebe, the restaurant manager who works there with his wife Emi and daughter Mika, along with about seven others.
The former gas station and souvenir shop has been remodeled into a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. When the weather is nice, the two big former gas station doors can be raised to give it an all-outdoor feeling with music.
Hi Life has beer on tap and also serves whiskey highballs, along with nonalcoholic drinks made with syrups they make in-house.
Trebe, who has been in the business for 30 years, said Hi Life is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., serving lunch and dinner. Their specialty is Japanese cuisine marinated in a choice of five different sauces.
They offer many types of poke bowls, such as Ahi-tuna, Tako, Salmon and Scallop. There’s also clam chowder and curry, along with sandwiches filled with whipped cream and fruit and cooked scallops and octopus.
It probably goes without saying since it’s near the BI ferry, but Hi Life offers “a lot of grab and go items, ” both food and drink, Trebe said.
The business even sells shirts and tote bags.