Gateway Cottage Restaurant & Lounge server Heather Guthrie, left, and owner Lynda Hogan, right. Photo by Dean J. Koepfler/The News Tribune.
If you blew Mother’s Day last weekend, this report is just for you. Shuttle the mom in your life straight to Gateway Cottage for a make-up meal. Gateway Cottage is one those restaurants where you’re likely to see ladies – of the red hat variety – lunching.
Located off 146th Street South and Pacific Avenue South, the homey Parkland-area restaurant opened in November 2000. It took owner Lynda Hogan two years to remodel a dilapidated residential home into the Gateway Cottage – and her touches are all over the restaurant.
She filled the dining rooms with artwork she collected while working at a now-closed downtown Tacoma antiques store – Corinthian Studios. Hanging on the walls is her plate collection.
She planted a courtyard garden around two large sheltering oak trees – and created quite a lovely space that looks as if it were made for graduation parties (something PLU families and staffers host there often). When the weather warms, Hogan will open the patio for seating and private parties.
If Hogan’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she and her ex-husband, Walter N. Hogan, are responsible for giving Tacoma one of the most spectacular view restaurants in the city – Stanley & Seafort’s.