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TACOMA: Give us a taste of Bimbo’s legendary sauces

Letter by Bruce Seiber, University Place on June 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm with 4 Comments »
June 28, 2012 2:02 pm

Re: “The strange-but-true story of Bimbo’s legendary sauces” (TNT, 6-25).

I really enjoyed the article about Bimbo’s Italian Restaurant. Although I never had the opportunity to eat there, I now wish I had. I have no relationship with the Rosi family and base these comments solely on the article.

My guess is that in 2001, when the city bought out Bimbo’s, it had no intention of letting those recipes age and then try and make a killing in the future, much-improved economy. In fact they probably had no idea what to do with them other than put them in an envelope and shove them in the back of safe.

After 12 years, Jerry Rosi is starting to think he might like to make pasta again, since he bought his name back from the city – something about pasta, sauce and making people happy; just ask Joe Stortini. Based on the attempts in the past and our wonderful economy, I think it would be great good will gesture for the city to provide Rosi his recipes back. If the city still wants to get a return on its investment and make a buck, charge him $500 for the recipes and call it a “safe keeping” fee.

The worst thing that could happen is he opens a new restaurant, starts paying taxes and helps the Tacoma economy grow. The best that could happen is that Tacoma gets a piece of history back, and I will get to try his sauce.

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  1. wadsbrau says:

    I completely agree.

  2. harleyrider1 says:

    It would help many here to have a successful business of any kind that Mr. Rossi could open.

    We all benefit.

    Tacoma – you got what you really wanted: the land; and you got the building. Sell him the recipe back for one-dollar.

    Tacoma always talks about helping business; building community; and spends tens of thousands trying to attract new business. One is here. And it will pay taxes = income

  3. Pecksbadboy says:

    You don’t seem to get it that there is no “real” secret recipe. If there was, the Rosi family would have had a business for the past decade.

    This was a public buyout by city leaders to avoid the sentimental outcry when they could have used their eminent domain rights and just took the property like they did with most of the properties in the 4 block area.

  4. tree_guy says:

    When Bimbos was closed the city paid MORE than the relocation costs to this one particular holdout. His leasehold, his pots and pans, and his trade name and all that were NOT WORTH $366K. Other tenants in the area who didn’t quibble moved out for much less. The difference between what his stuff was really worth and what the city had to pay to get him to move was excused by coming up with this story about the “special spaghetti sauce recipe.” As we can all see now, it was just a convenient a lie so that the taxpayers wouldn’t question the extravagent relocation cost for this one particular business.

    To give Rosi everything back for next to nothing is really to add insult to injury.

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