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No rich Seattle sisters in gritty second city

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 30, 2006 at 12:07 am | No Comments »
August 30, 2006 12:07 am

I called Max Messmer to ask him to fax me the food menu for his new nightclub, The Factory, which opened a couple of weeks ago in Brickyard Bar & Grill’s old building at 56th and Washington in South Tacoma. (Brickyard has re-opened in Lakewood; look for a review in Friday’s GO section.)


While I had Messmer on the telephone, I also asked him about word on the street: Is Paul Allen‘s sister, Jody Patton, an investor or partner in your club?


“Absolutely not true,” Messmer said. “I’ve also heard it’s Bill Gates‘ sister.”


Would that be older sis Kristanne or younger sis Libby Gates?


Actually, it’s no Seattle rich man’s sister, Messmer said. He said his only partner in The Factory is Jason Matzat.


The Factory does have a rich relation, but not from Seattle: The building’s owner is Walt Austin, Tacoma’s radiator, muffler and performance auto mogul.


Meanwhile, Tacoma contents itself with the sister of Seattle super chef Tom Douglas: Michelle Douglas, who, along with partner Denise Tempest, has a nice little bar cooking on Hilltop.

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