Shoreline closes its doors as PROA gears up for opening in Hagatna

Shoreline closes its doors as PROA gears up for opening in Hagatna

by Ken Stewart
Guam Food Guy

Dear Guam Food Guy reader,

I’d like to personally say “Thank You!” It’s a belated Thanksgiving message of sincere appreciation for following our many dining adventures and restaurant discoveries. I also want to say “thank you” to two new friends we made during their recent visit to Guam earlier this month. Charlie and Mary Stellbrink of Tucson, Arizona were on Guam for almost a week and I was their tour guide during part of their stay.

Charlie was stationed on Guam at Andersen Air Force Base from 1968 to 1969 and we became acquainted earlier this year when we started doing business with a company he owns called Southwest Glassware, a master distributor for Libbey and World Tableware. He couldn’t believe how much this island had changed (the Hilton was just being built when he left). This was Mary’s first time to Guam and they both fell in love with the food and people(Kinney’s was the only restaurant Charlie remembered). They stayed at the Santa Fe, visited Meskla (for Chamorro food), went to Chamorro Village’s Wednesday Night Market, spent time at the War in the Pacific Museum, loved the bratwurst and Bavarian Goulash at McKraut’s in Malojloj, were fascinated by the Yoichi Yokoi exhibit at Jeff’s Pirates Cove (where they ate and shared one of Doug’s famous mudslides), and ended their stay with a night at the new Meskla on the Cove.

Charlie and Mary are bon vivants who work hard so they can enjoy their travel time! I don’t think Zee and I have laughed as much as we did with these two happy people(Charlie & Zee really hit it off when they discovered that they both were bomb-loaders during their respective tours at Andersen!) We have learned a new catch phrase from Charlie that can probably be applied to anything weird or inexplicable that occurs. He calls it “stray voltage”! Adios Charlie & Mary!

It was officially announced that Shoreline closed on Nov. 12 after operating for a few years. Unfortunately, it was a concept that wasn’t able to sustain itself although many customers really enjoyed themselves there. They made a real effort to make the restaurant and bar a profitable venture. It is a tough reminder of the challenges of operating a restaurant during a strained economy. We applaud the Sablan and Gutierrez families for their entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity. They built something they could be proud of creating.

Speaking of being proud of a creation, I had a chance to get a sneak peak at PROA’s new Hagatna location (formerly TGI Friday’s). WOW, what an amazing transformation! I will tell you that you will be astonished at what these wonder boys have achieved! Geoffrey Perez and Chris Bejado have rolled up their sleeves and their finances to build what can easily be described as a dream restaurant.

It retains all of the aesthetics of the Tumon’s just a much bigger canvas! I don’t know the exact opening date yet, but it should be by early December. Congrats Team PROA on your evolving “dream come true.”

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