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Category: Restaurants

July
17th

UPDATED: Chick-fil-A planning a Tacoma store

Georgia-based Chick-fil-A, known for its chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, plans to open a drive-through restaurant in Tacoma.

The plans were filed with the City of Tacoma this morning and first noted by local blog exit133.com. A project manager confirmed them to The News Tribune. Those plans indicate the company plans a 4,567-square-foot restaurant at 3902 Steele St., near the Ashley Furniture store in the Tacoma Mall area.

The plans don’t list a timeline for construction. I’m working to get in contact with someone from the company to elaborate. The company doesn’t operate in Washington state now,

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July
15th

Mitzel’s American Kitchen in Fife will close next week; Puyallup Tribe will redevelop the building as another restaurant

Mitzel’s American Kitchen, located at 5402 Pacific Highway E. in Fife, will close on Tuesday, July 23, according to Greg Kjellesvik of Ehli Auctions.

The Tacoma auction house will conduct an online auction of the fixtures and equipment at the Fife restaurant. For further information on the auction, visit cyberauctions.com/static/ATerms_362.html.

The Fife property is owed by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, which intends to redevelop the building and open a tribal restaurant.

John Weymer, spokesman for the tribe, said Sunday that the tribe did not renew Mitzel’s lease.

“The tribe is planing on running a restaurant themselves,” he

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July
10th

Monique Trudnowski appointed to Tacoma Public Utilities board

Monique Trudnowski, Tacoma restaurant owner and chairwoman of the Tacoma Regional Convention + Vistor Bureau, has been appointed to serve a five-year term as a member of the Tacoma Public Utility board. She will attend her first board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In her role as co-owner and operator of Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar, and as a community activist, Trudnowski recently received congressional recognition for her service to the greater Tacoma area and the state.

“I am interested in adding another layer of knowledge and advocacy by serving the customers of Tacoma Public Utilities,” Trudnowski

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June
27th

New Foss apartment could break ground in September

A new waterfront apartment building, the first built on downtown Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway since the recession began six years ago, could break ground as early as September.

The 167-unit Henry Apartments are planned for a site between the existing Albers Mill and the Interstate 509 cable-stayed bridge over the waterway.

The Foss Waterway Development Authority has been expediting the deal that will allow the construction to begin since early this spring when it requested proposals for the site.

The authority’s board Wednesday night voted unanimously to sell the lot, called Site 1 by the authority, to the Henry Group,

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June
17th

Tacoma home builder, developer and entrepreneur Oscar Hokold dead at 98

Oscar Hokold, who grew a small home-building concern  into a business empire that included a chain of motels, thousands of apartments, a restaurant and condominium development company, has died at age 98.

The son of Norwegian immigrants, Hokold passed away on June 5.  A private family service has already been held. His wife of 71 years and business partner, Olivann, died two years ago at 96.

Hokold was best known for his string of King Oscar motels in Western Washington, his Oscars on Hosmer restaurant and the 14-story Pacific Towers condominium that overlooks downtown Tacoma at 3201 Pacific Avenue.  During

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May
22nd

Downtown Tacoma nightspot closing June 2

A breakup of the partnership that operated two Big Whisky Saloons will force closure of the country and rock bar’s Tacoma branch three years after it opened.

The bar at 100 S. Ninth St. will hold a weekend-long farewell event May 30 through June 1.  Big Whisky Saloon’s Olympia location will remain open. That location opened in 2011.

“Unfortunately, our partnership was unable to come to terms on continuing the Big Whisky brand in our Tacoma location,” said Paul Muller, one of the bar’s co-owners. Muller said the partnership split is “mutual and amicable.”

Roger Rahil, co-owner of both Big Whisky Saloon

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May
10th

Private developer, public housing authority float plan to develop well-known commercial site in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood

A private developer and Tacoma’s public housing authority are in the early stages of plans to revitalize two 100-year-old buildings and bring more apartments to the Hilltop neighborhood.

Developer Kevin Grossman wants to renovate the Pochert and Kellogg-Sicker buildings, the latter of which once housed the notorious Browne’s Star Grill at 1114 Martin Luther King Blvd. At the same time, the Tacoma Housing Authority proposes new construction on the two parcels next door, which now are a parking lot and a men’s clothing store.

“Finding a way to cost-effectively save those buildings is an acknowledgment of a good era,” said

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May
3rd

Tacoma McMenamins is the topic of lunch panel in two weeks

Perhaps, dear readers, we might learn a few more details about the McMenamins’ plans for the Tacoma Elks Temple after a luncheon in two weeks.

Commercial Real Estate Women Seattle & Sound are hosting a lunch panel May 14 at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, that promises “more exciting details” about the construction.

The group’s news release says construction is scheduled to begin later this year, though a time frame for that has been squishy for awhile. Representatives of the Portland-based brewpub picked up construction permits from the City of Tacoma in February, but work hasn’t begun yet. The

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