Volunteers Get On Board ‘Makeover Burien’ & Help Fix Up New Captain G’s

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A group of local, helpful residents volunteered a big part of their Saturday afternoon (Oct. 20) to help prep and paint the new location for local business Captain G’s Ottoman Kitchen in the latest “Makeover Burien” project.

Volunteers painted the storefront and mounted signage at the new location at 643 SW 152nd Street, which formerly was home to The House restaurant.

“This is amazing and very exciting,” said Captain G, also known as Gencay Tunc. “It’s hard to believe that I’ve only been in business in Burien since June, and now I’m moving to this great new location. Sometimes it feels like this is all a dream. I owe a lot to Jerrod and everyone who is helping me out today, as well as all my customers. One day I hope to be able to help this community in return for all its done for me.”

A Turkish citizen of Armenian descent, he truly is a captain, having worked as a merchant seaman before turning to cooking as a profession.

Many will refer to his food as Mediterranean, but if you ask Captain G about it he will take the time to explain the blended cultures that made up the Ottoman Empire and how that influenced the cuisine of the region. All we can say is that the results are delicious!

Here are photos taken by Scott Schaefer and Jerrod Sessler of Saturday’s work party (click images to see larger versions):

Today’s work party was organized by Jerrod Sessler of HomeTask and Daniel Keane of Serenza Salon & Spa, along with help from a group of generous locals including:

  • Bill Reid, Discover Burien Board Member, and owner, TellIt Productions
  • Scott Schaefer,  Discover Burien Board Member, and owner of The B-Town Blog
  • Jerrod Sessler, Discover Burien Board Member, and CEO, HomeTask
  • Local Yellow Van Handymen Nate Rosdahl and Chris Maloney
  • Darren Paschke of Navos

Captain G’s Ottoman Kitchen will be opening in its new location sometime before the end of November (we’ll keep you posted), but until then you can find him at 15217 6th Ave SW; (206) 535-6420.

To learn more about Captain G’s, read our previous coverage here.

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8 Responses to “Volunteers Get On Board ‘Makeover Burien’ & Help Fix Up New Captain G’s”
  1. Ghost of Maplewild says:

    That is awesome!!! Great job to all. I LOVE Burien. The fam and I will go soon.

    • Vicki Hurley says:

      I’m with you, Ghost! I’m proud to live in a community where things like this happen. I, too, will be watching for the opening of Captain G’s. Welcome to Burien, Captain!

  2. Jack Block Jr. says:

    Hey Cap.
    Calm seas and trailing winds.Best wishes on the launch of your new location. Kudos to the volunteers, you’re the kind of folks who make Burien such a special place to live.

  3. Lindsey says:

    It’s no surprise they need a new bigger location – their food is AMAZING. I would love to see a lunch menu 🙂

  4. Carrie says:

    Awesome! We have such a great community!

  5. Captain G says:

    Special thanks to all of you.. am utmost happy and proud even becoming the smallest part of BURIEN..Its definitely right that BURIEN is the king of the King County.. Because people like you made and will keep BURIEN as king of the king county..Its a big pride to be a BURIEN’er..

  6. pat says:

    I appreciate learning about our local good deeds! Thanks for encouraging the volunteers. You have whet my appetite for some good vegetarian dishes and I never would have thought to try this shop without the posting. This blog is connected to our community life.

  7. Rob says:

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy- Captain- just keep the good food flowing and you will succeed!

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