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Harmon grabs St. Helens Cafe; Broadway Speakeasy ‘on back burner’

Post by News Tribune Staff on Jan. 31, 2008 at 2:42 pm | No Comments »
January 31, 2008 2:42 pm


Pat Nagle, left, the owner of Tacoma’s Harmon Brewery and Restaurant, during construction of his Pacific Avenue pub in 1997.


The owners of Harmon Brewery and Restaurant in downtown Tacoma will purchase the business that was St. Helens Cafe and plan to open a “neighborhood restaurant” by March 15.


“That’s my time line,” Harmon owner Pat Nagle told me today. “The city and the state may have different time lines.”


There’s no name yet for the new place. Nagle said he plans to expand the bar, install a pizza oven and redecorate a bit.


“The consensus is that the place needs to be warmed up,” Nagle said of the 6,000-square-foot restaurant. “It’s a neighborhood restaurant. It’s gonna have some flair.”


Nagle said the Harmon’s 15-barrel brewing system has the capacity to serve his new location. Nagle said he’s interested in serving serious pizza — a la Tom Douglas’ Serious Pie in Seattle. He said some favorites from the Harmon’s menu will turn up in the new location. He also said he’ll do breakfast.


“It’ll be full-service,” Nagle said. “It

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