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Local Scoop changes passed on to new owners
ARLINGTON After creating somewhat of an institution in Arlington, Dawn Williams has signed the papers for transition of ownership of the popular downtown Arlington eatery, The Local Scoop, to Linda Crawford and Bev and Dave Angerbauer.
Williams opened The Scoop six years ago this December, creating a gathering place for kids and adults alike, in a fun 1950s style diner that fits perfectly in old town Arlington.
The mounds of French fries, humungous burgers and sandwiches and wide selection of ice cream appealed to most patrons.
I guess I lost interest when my dad died in February, Williams said noting her father was instrumental in the remodel and since they finished it, she has been shopping around for potential buyers.
This one seemed like a perfect fit, she said. We all believe that God ordained this transaction.
The deal closed in a very quick 10 days thanks to Key Bank, Bev Anglebauer said.
I was in here Aug. 9 and noticed an ad in the window for a cook, Bev said. My sister Linda and I had been shopping around for a restaurant to buy in Stanwood and Linda was looking for a part-time cooking job for the transition.
When Crawford went in to talk with Williams that afternoon, Dawn asked her, Why not buy a restaurant in Arlington? and so negotiations started rolling.
Within 10 days, the papers were signed. Dawns last day was Friday, Aug. 31, a quiet day in town since the street was closed for paving, but a busy day at The Scoop, when a lot of regulars showed up to say goodbye. One of those regulars, Karen Hobson, said she was sad.
I shed a tear or two, she said.
The new cook, who started Tuesday morning, Sept. 4, brings to The Scoop 35 years of experience cooking at various restaurants. Crawford was famous for her cabbage patch soup at Scandia Bakery in Stanwood .
Her sister, Bev Angerbauer will be baking the desserts while keeping the books, while Dave Angerbauer will maintain order. Dave has 40 years of experience in management and business operations and Bev has 35 years of office management and accounting.
Ill keep the back room organized, Dave Angerbauer said adding he first discovered Arlington in 1967 when he was working for GTE Cable Company. He and Bev moved to Arlington seven years ago. Their son Russell was active in the Arlington High School music and Jazzmine programs a good sign that the new owners will be a good replacement for the Williams, who had two children active with Jazzmine.
Well keep the same lunch menu, while adding breakfast and expanding on dinner with some new and interesting specials, like stuffed cabbage, stuffed green peppers and lasagna, for example, and meatloaf, pot roast and Swiss steak, Crawford said adding her specialty is soups and her sister Bev is an excellent baker.
While they dont intend to sell lefse, they are going to add breakfast to the menu with Swedish pancakes served with lingenberries.
We plan to continue in Dawns style of being involved with the community, Bev said.
We want to be a draw for visitors from out of town, too.
I plan to get the stoplight working, Dave said, referring to a real streetlight that hangs in The Scoops meeting room.
The new owners bought the whole place lock, stock and barrel including all the dishes, dinnerware and collectibles. They will also continue the established catering service with the truck that came with the package.
We will be providing bratwurst at the Drag Strip Reunion this weekend, just as if Dawn were still here, Bev said.
Williams husband, Dennis Williams, has been working since June as an administrative database engineer at Northwestern University in Kirkland, where their daughter Tabatha is a sophomore in the music program. Dawn is waiting to hear about a position there as well. They will be living in campus housing, right next to the Seahawks practice field, Dawn said, excitedly.
The whole exchange has been blessed, Dawn and Bev both agreed.
New hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Local Scoop, 434 N. Olympic Ave., as of Tuesday morning, Sept. 4.