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New year, new businesses: A cheese shop in the St. Helens neighborhood, a sports bar downtown and a coffee shop on Sixth full of geekery

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Jan. 7, 2011 at 11:47 am | No Comments »
January 7, 2011 11:47 am

It seems a new year has brought a flurry of new restaurants and food businesses. Yay for that. On the horizon, it looks like a cheese and meat shop will open in the St. Helens neighborhood, a new sports bar is planned for downtown and a new coffee shop, heavy on the coffee geekery, has opened on Sixth Avenue. Click “more” to read all about it.

Stink: A cheese and meat store called Stink appears to be coming to the St. Helens neighborhood at 628 St. Helens. Find their Facebook page here. An application at the liquor control board shows that Kristen Blondin, formerly of Vin Grotto, has applied for a license to sell beer and wine at the location. The Stink Facebook page lists a website, but it doesn’t appear to be a live link yet.

Cheers Downtown: Cheers South Hill chef Jon Donahue emailed me some preliminary information about Cheers Downtown, which is expected to open, he said, in the old McCabe’s location, 2611 Pacific Avenue, in February. If you haven’t tried the burgers yet at Cheers South Hill, you need to get on that. Their South Hill bacon cheeseburger stuffer burger made my list of 20 burgers you need to eat before you die. Mmmm. Meat.

More coffee on Sixth: Metronome joins a neighborhood already brimming with excellent coffee. Metronome opened last week in the location that formerly housed Origin 23 at 3518 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. I stopped in this week and I have a phone interview with the owner scheduled today. My early impression is that this is a coffee shop that likes its gadgetry and geekery. Coffee swillers can choose from several beans, as well as a menu of coffee brewing techniques, each of which has some sort of affiliated fancy machine. I sampled a cold press brew this week, as well as the Trifecta, which was a vapor brewed coffee of some kind (I’m still trying to make sense of the machine; more details to come). Find them on Facebook here.

Bonus: Here’s your bonus reward for clicking that “more” button. Two new upscale restaurants will be here in short order. I’ll report more as details unfold, but both sound very promising. Stay tuned.

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