The new Shari's picks up where The Sweetbrier Inn left off after 17 years

TUALATIN - The new Shari's Restaurant will take over Pancakes on the Commons, a fixture of the annual Tualatin Crawfish Festival handled the past 17 years by The Sweetbrier Inn, which closed in May.

This year's Tualatin Crawfish Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12.

When pancake lovers first noticed signs of the shopping mall being built in The Sweetbrier's place, phones began ringing off the hook at the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce. Hopeful but unsure voices asked, 'Wi-will there be a pancake breakfast this year?'

Hope Howard, the chamber's executive director and head of the Crawfish festival, answered with confidence and pride: 'The tradition will continue!'

When news of The Sweetbrier Inn's demise began to spread, incoming chamber President Bill Phillips immediately knew Shari's would be the perfect replacement.

'Shari's is a wonderful business because it does so many great things,' said Phillips, pointing to its participation in several several charitable programs, including Boys and Girls Club of America and the Race for the Cure.

'The chamber is so excited that a restaurant brand new to Tualatin - only opening up in June - is jumping right into their community involvement by taking on the huge undertaking that is the Pancakes on the Plaza breakfast,' said Howard. 'It shows us that Shari's is committed to Tualatin right from the beginning.'

And Shari's is just as excited as Phillips and Howard to be making breakfast for hundreds of its new neighbors. David Archer, vice president of marketing, said Shari's has been trying to get into the Tualatin community for a long time, and the Crawfish festival is the perfect opportunity to show Tualatin what Shari's is all about.

'The Crawfish festival is rich with history and tradition for Tualatin, and we're glad we can now make it a new tradition for Shari's,' said Archer.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, the restaurant's 24-hour kitchen will be full of activity around 4 a.m., when bright-eyed pancake flippers will begin to prepare the early-morning feast for festival-goers.

And, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Tualatin Commons, Shari's employees will dish up buttermilk pancakes along with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit, coffee and juice.

The breakfast costs $3.75 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 10 and $1 for children under 5.

And if pancakes aren't enough to keep you entertained, the Portland Model Power Boat Association will be propelling its boats around the Lake of the Commons during breakfast. 'The Queen's Navy,' a Seattle-based group, and a submarine group from Everett, Wash., will join the Portland Model Power Boat Association on the water to provide a little entertainment while diners enjoy their meals.

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