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Archives: March 2012


Corina Bakery settles into a new Tacoma location

Corina Bakery in Tacoma has moved down the hill to a new location next to The Grand Cinema. The new location is a larger space with better light. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

When Molly Ott bought Corina Bakery in 2008, she didn’t think all that much about the stairs that separated the bakery from the storefront – until she had to maneuver 80-pound wedding cakes and 50-pound bags of flour up and down those stairs.

She also didn’t anticipate she would grow the bakery so successfully that she would outgrow the small footprint in less than four years.

Two weeks ago, she packed up the bakery near the corner of South Sixth Avenue and Tacoma Avenue South and moved down below – mere steps away – to a larger space next door to The Grand Cinema. Read more »


Toscanos Cafe starts a month of martini madness. The restaurant also receives its first shipment of liquor under new state rules

It’s March – and that can only mean one thing: Martini Madness at Toscanos Cafe and Wine Bar in Puyallup. This is the seventh year for the annual March event giving diners who order a featured drink at the restaurant a hand-painted glass they can take home. To date, the restaurant has given away 6,000 glasses. Read more »


Let there be light: Gig Harbor’s Brix 25 restaurant gets a lightened up dining room makeover

Brix 25 chef and owner Thad Lyman, pictured here in 2010 with pan seared king salmon in the restaurant's dining room with a moody candlelit environment. The dining room got a makeover last week and is now a lightened up version of its former self. File photo by Janet Jensen/Staff photographer

When Thad Lyman and Katie Doherty became the third owners of Gig Harbor restaurant Brix 25 in 2009, they inherited both the good and the bad. On the good list? Devoted customers, accolades and awards for the destination restaurant regionally known for its Northwest centric wine list. The bad? A lovely, but much too dark dining room. While some may have called the dining room “romantically lit,” others might have complained that they needed a mini flashlight to read the menu. Read more »


Readers weigh in with names for the Narrows Marina restaurant

Last week, I told you about a new 230-seat restaurant expected to open in July 2012 at the Narrows Marina in Tacoma near Day Island. The restaurant will be a casual new American restaurant from Lobster Shop owner Denny Driscoll, a man who has made a career of opening waterfront restaurants in unexpected places. Although the focus of the restaurant is set, the name is not. I asked readers to send suggested names. Here’s what they offered: Read more »


Slider cook-off: 7 Tacoma area restaurants compete Saturday at Museum of Glass

The Kobe/Wagyu sliders at HG Bistro in Puyallup includes a piroshky or bacon-cheddar slider, from left. Photo by Janet Jensen/Staff photographer.

Seven Tacoma area restaurants will vie for bragging rights to the best sliders in town Saturday night (March 3, 2012) at Shake, Rattle and Grill, a Museum of Glass event.

I asked participating restaurants what kind of mini-sandwiches they’d be cooking. Here’s what they reported. I also assembled my own self-directed slider competition and came up with sliders you can try anytime at South Sound restaurants. (UPDATE: The event is close to selling out, call the museum for availability). Read more »