2018-03-07 / Business

Feather & Stone popular Walton landmark since 2014

By Eddie Donoghue

When “where to go and what to do” becomes the rallying cry, the Feather and Stone in Walton is often the answer. Walton Central School graduate Tara Jamieson didn’t set out to be the “go-to” place for half the county, but when she opened in 2014, it was immediately apparent that she had struck the perfect balance of restaurant and night spot for her community. Her combination of great sit down dinners, with music and dancing into the evening lets all of her guests get just what they want from their visit.

Jamieson brings plenty of experience to the table. After she earned a degree in nutrition from Johnson and Wale’s University she spent seven years working at Hattie’s Hat, one of Seattle’s oldest bars, dating back to 1904. “It’s a bar, real scratch food,” she said of Hattie’s, “it has kind of a southern influenced menu." We made our own everything. That definitely influenced me.

Though Jamieson said she doesn’t find it necessary to have a degree to have a successful restaurant or even make tasty food, she did value the education, saying, “It definitely helps with techniques and little tricks you may not know unless you worked in a bunch of places.”

She talked about some of the differences between west-coast cuisines versus their east-coast counterparts, saying, “Seattle in general, the food is healthier than on the east coast.” Jamieson also mentioned that brunch is more popular on the west coast. Before her time at Hattie’s was up, Jamieson also helped redo their menu, which she considered fun, and another useful learning experience.

The Feather and Stone menu is a diverse one, with something for everyone including vegetarians and those that are gluten-free. Jamieson’s sister is vegetarian and so she realized the importance of providing alternatives, saying, “I wanted to make sure they had a few options, not just one.” Feather and Stone is one of the only local restaurants that goes to the lengths of making their veggie burgers from scratch.

Additionally, the restaurant offers the traditional fare that many have come to expect such as a variety of burgers, barbecue and seafood options. They also offer an eclectic mix of sides and appetizers (which they call “small bites”) at affordable prices. Feather and Stone is focused on providing locally produced food, with Jamieson saying, “Being from small town, you have to give back and support your community. I definitely every year try to get more local ingredients.”

“It’s warm, inviting, family friendly. It’s definitely very cozy,” Jamieson says of the restaurant, “I wanted something modern for this area, but not too modern. There’s a lot of wood and warm colors to keep it more casual but still nice.” Jamieson says the Feather and Stone has been well-received by the community, and that perhaps one of the biggest surprises was just how well received they have been— particularly late at night. “I didn’t set out for a bar and late nights,” says Jamieson. The restaurant is known for having entertainment on the weekends, including a DJ every weekend as well as live music once a month. They also occasionally have karaoke and open mic nights which can also draw a crowd. Feather and Stone also throws black light parties as well as luaus a few times a year. Adding to the atmosphere of the restaurant is the local art Jamieson allows to be hung and sold on the walls. When the News spoke to Jamieson, she was in the process of looking for more artwork to show as some pieces had recently sold.

Jamieson addressed the burgeoning scene at Feather and Stone, saying, “It’s a good mix—the people I know like to have something to do locally.” The restaurant, located at 38 West Street Suite 1 in Walton, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. and stays open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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