In November, I told you that Giuseppe “Joe” Nappo, best known for his Federal Way restaurant Verrazano’s, is restoring Northeast Tacoma’s Cliff House. He was planning a January 2012 reopening. He gave an update last week by email:
“The remodeling is taking a little longer than expected, not a big surprise when you’re dealing with a older building,” he wrote. “We are hoping to be open at the end of the month or the first week of February.”
The Cliff House first opened as a tavern in 1925 and is a restaurant with a colorful history that includes reconstruction after a fire in 1958. It has suffered through revolving operators for the past two years and closed for the second time in as many years in January 2011.
Nappo said he intends to restore the restaurant to its long tradition as a destination for prom dining, waterfront views and regional cuisine. Both upstairs and downstairs will serve the same menu, and the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner. Click here for more menu details.