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Archives: Dec. 2006

Dec.
30th

Sea Grill scuppers lunch

Lunch at Sea Grill on Friday wasn’t the downtown Tacoma restaurant’s last lunch of 2006 — it was its last lunch, period.


Sea Grill assistant general manager Emily Wendell said the restaurant will “focus on dinner.”


In a belated report, 21 Commerce ceased its short-lived lunch.


Meantime, Hot Rod Dog and Margaret’s Kitchen remain two of the best lunch spots downtown.

Dec.
30th

Blue Olive: Shaken, not sunk?





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Blue Olive opened along the rejuvenated Thea Foss Waterway in 2004. New management took over in August. Blue Olive closed last week. Its owner says he’ll reopen.

TNT photo by Peter Haley


Blue Olive owner Kevin Glagavs says the Foss Waterway martini bar will be back. Glagavs said the Blue Olive’s closure last week is temporary.


"We were vandalized," he said, referring to a broken window on Blue Olive’s patio door. "We wanted to take this

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Dec.
28th

Ed’s Diner Reader Restaurant Survey

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Update: Here are the survey results.



I know what I liked. I know where I ate. What about you?


What was your favorite restaurant meal of 2006? Which restaurants were you delighted to discover?


I’ve spent all year telling you about South Sound restaurants. Now it’s your turn.


How often did you dine out in 2006?


What kind of restaurants do you want to see open in the South Sound 2007?


What kind of restaurants do we have

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Dec.
27th

No room for whom?

Father Seamus’ Christmas Eve homily asked St. Patrick’s parishioners if they had room in their lives for an outsider.

After Mass, I partook of a holiday tradition of a different sort: a pint at a pub with someone I love. As my wife and I sat in Doyle’s Public House toasting everything and each other over Grimbergen and McCallum, I pondered the priest’s question:

“What does it mean — ‘No room at the inn’?”

A reader here at Ed’s Diner has a beef with Doyle’s. Fair enough. I encourage thoughtful dissent. Rivitman says he and his friends get the vibe from Doyle’s that tells him they’re not Doyle’s kind of people.

I don’t know all the kinds of people who patronize Doyle’s, but some of the wild-haired guys there Christmas Eve were the kind of guys prone to dishing about a chef in town who allegedly looks like adult cinema icon Ron Jeremy. There was a 30ish couple near the window; I didn’t get a good look at him but she was adorable in her red paige-boy-flip-hair-do-thingie. Another couple, totally gray but forever young, left as we came in.

There was a lot of room in Doyle’s on that slow night. I’d just left church. My winter warmer was coming on. I thought about Rivitman. I thought about Father Seamus’ homily.

“What does it mean — ‘No room at the inn’?”

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Dec.
26th

Blue Olive’s last call?

I called Blue Olive last week to check on a lead that the “ultra-lounge” martini bar would close. The new manager told me he was soon to be the old manager. He told me to call back and talk to the owners this week.


I called today. No answer, and no has yet responded to my message inquiring about Blue Olive’s demise. I’d already heard that Blue Olive cooks had landed new gigs.


But if the volcanic bloggers at Spew are to be believed — and with a name like that, who could dare not

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Dec.
26th

Last thoughts on a lost napkin

Santa’s off today but I’ve got deadlines. One story I’m working, for Friday’s GO section, is the old journalism chestnut “year-end / year-ahead” story.


What do I savor about 2006 and what am I drooling over for 2007?


Wanna play some of my reindeer games? Answer for yourself, and all who read here: What were your memorable dining experiences of 2006? Which new restaurants are you anticipating in 2007?

Dec.
20th

Crowdsourcing Christmas dinner

A reader writes: “How about a blog entry on what is open on Xmas Eve/Day? Last year we drove around for over an hour on Christmas Eve and couldn’t find anything. Asian places around here tend to be closed, despite the stereotype.”


That’s a great idea. Unfortunately, I’m booked up with other reporting and eating assignments. So I’ll rely on crowdsourcing.


If you know of a restaurant that will be open Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, let me and Ed’s Diner readers know by posting the info in the comments section. If you’re a restaurant owner

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Dec.
20th

Turns out candles and booze bottles do mix

One of my TNT colleagues who’s become a regular at The Matador wondered about the votive candles scattered among the liquor bottles on back bar of the Tex-Mex joint in downtown Tacoma. He was particularly concerned about a bottle of Bacardi 151 that had a candle next to it. Bacardi 151, after all, is the booze that’s commonly used to create flaming drinks and desserts.


Isn’t that dangerous? Isn’t that illegal?


I called Don Post of Tacoma’s Fire Prevention Bureau to find out. He says it’s perfectly legal and safe.


"Liquor is not considered a flammable

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