Emma Poulsen bought the Sand Dollar Restaurant in Rockaway Beach in March of 2014 totally refurbishing and replacing the equipment and making many more updates while building a new menu. This month marks her fifth anniversary in Rockaway Beach.
The popular spot is right next to the Wayside and the beach, so it gets people from not only local communities, but according to Poulsen, she meets and serves people from around the globe.
Poulsen moved to Oregon in 1996 from Kirkland WA, and started a vacation rental business, but she said she has always wanted to own a restaurant and put her personal signature on the dishes she serves.
“I’ve always loved to cook and I’ve always wanted to start a restaurant,” she said. “My son is a chef, so he helped get us up and running and even worked here for the first four years.”
Poulsen employees 14 people year-round, and that number doubles in the busy months. This year Poulsen added breakfast to the menu on Saturday and Sunday and if it is popular she plans to add it everyday they are open.
Poulsen said that the menu changes from time to time, but she offers about everything. They cook everything from scratch, with very popular seafood offerings.
“We try to source as much locally and use locally grown herbs and eggs from the Little River Dairy,” she said. “We use cod from Pacific Seafood or Ocean Beach, our burgers and Fish and Chips are very good selling items.”
Inside, Poulsen can accommodate up to 100 people and their large deck can hold up to 80 patrons.
“You can enjoy the ocean view from inside or outside the restaurant,” she said. “Every single seat has an ocean view even the bar…there are no bad seats at our restaurant.”
She added that the deck is pet friendly, and there are a couple of items on the menu for your dog, so you can bring your four-legged friends to enjoy and relax after a nice stroll on the beach.
Poulsen is celebrating her anniversary all month with specials everyday in the restaurant for her local and regular customers.
If you want to enjoy a truly unique experience, world class views and food to match, stop by the Sand Dollar Restaurant in Rockaway Beach, you will be glad you did.