Local Business Briefs 4/7


Rob Paylor assumes ownership of Mill 109

Longtime local Chef and resident Rob Paylor has assumed ownership of Mill 109 Restaurant and Pub in Seabrook.

An employee for more than a year, the opportunity to become an owner presented itself recently, and he jumped all over it. The restaurant specializes in “coastal cuisine” with much of the fresh seafood offered coming from the Quinault Pride operation, eight miles north at Taholah.

Paylor started his restaurant career at 15 as a summer job washing dishes in now-defunct local eatery “Parma” and eventually rose to sous chef under Executive Chef Pierre Gabelli. He attended Western Culinary Institute in Portland and went on to be manager and chef at Galway Bay in Ocean Shores for 11 years.

He is the son of Dick and Laura Balderston of Olympia, and Bob and Lynn Paylor of Hoquiam.

Westport Winery win

medals from N.Y.

Westport Winery’s bubbly cranberry wine, Rapture of the Deep, has earned a double gold medal for the third time in 2013 — this time at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in upstate New York.

The winery’s most unique wine, Shiver Me Timber, a blend of late harvest Riesling, passion fruit, orange and guava, earned a silver medal, as did their other Hawaii-inspired wine, Pineapple Express.

Peaches on the Beaches, a blend of Riesling and peach, brought home a bronze medal.