The University of Washington Tacoma is in talks with a potential tenant who wants to open a restaurant on Pacific Avenue next door to a Subway restaurant and a local bookstore.
The school wouldn’t confirm the name of the tenant on Tuesday, but the state liquor board posted notice recently on the door of 1914 Pacific Ave. that University Gyro House had applied for a license to sell beer there.
The 1,400-square-foot retail bay is on the ground floor of the William W. Philip Assembly Hall, which opened in September 2008. It’s one of two retail bays in the school-owned building. The other is leased by Meta Books, which opened in November 2008.
The prospective tenant is doing the typical things, UWT spokesman Mike Wark said Tuesday, including applying for a liquor license.
“We don’t have a lease yet,” Wark said. “I can tell you we only have one prospective tenant right now.”
The liquor license application lists Zafar Nizar and Shamaila Nizar of Kent as the applicants.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Zafar Nizar declined to share any details about his plans for the space.
“I’m still working on it. I don’t want to give out most of the information,” he said, though he called the liquor license application an “accident” and said that he probably won’t serve beer.
Tim Lohraff, owner of Meta Books, said he had heard from a university official that the restaurant would be a “Greek fast-food sort of place.”
“I’d be happy if it was rented because it would be better for my busines to not have an empty business next to me,” Lohraff said.