Daddio’s, a new restaurant on Commercial Avenue, represents the realization of a dream for Anacortes native Will Lamphiear. Will, who apprenticed at Randy’s Pier 61 when he was in high school, will manage the pizza diner with his wife, Lori. The two moved back to Anacortes from Phoenix with their baby, Cadence, to manage the restaurant owned by Randy and Jennifer Barrett and Jennifer’s father, Byron Wingett. The 98-seat restaurant, opening next week after a complete remodel/renovation of the Red Lion Tavern, features a Fifties look of booths, soda fountain, jukebox and neon. Daddio’s will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a menu ranging from pizza to sandwiches, soups and quarter-pound hot dogs. Beer and wine are on the menu, and services include takeout and delivery. The Daddio’s logo was designed by Jennifer’s daughter, Becky Gelder, based on a photograph of co-owner Byron dressed like a “soda jerk,” complete with white cap. It’s truly a family affair, as Will’s twin sister, Angela, will also work at the restaurant.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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