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Archives: Nov. 2006


UPS gets PETA props

The University of Puget Sound is among 45 American and Canadian schools that have been nominated for the “Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges in America” award by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

“Puget Sound deserves an ‘A’ for meeting its students’ growing hunger for delicious vegan and vegetarian meals,” PETA College Campaign Coordinator Pulin Modi said, referring to vegan cheeseburgers, vegan biscuits and gravy, and vegan field-roast sloppy Joes served at the Tacoma university’s dining hall. “Every time students choose a vegetarian meal, they’re taking a bite out of cruelty to animals and helping to ensure their own

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Expensive wine bar sunk

Just as South Sound restaurateurs Gordon and Steve Naccarato have begun a new chapter in the life of The Beach House, the brothers closed the book on a Tacoma wine bar/tapas concept they say got too pricey to build.

Mariel was to occupy ground-floor space and part of the plaza next to the Courtyard Marriott hotel. The Naccaratos said Mariel’s budget hit $2.5 million — $1 million more than it cost them to build Pacific Grill, a few doors down the downtown drag.

They said they’ll focus on Pacific Grill and Margarita Beach Cafe (aka “Hey,

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