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Coming to the Hilltop: A combo art studio and eatery with sandwiches and beer

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Aug. 15, 2012 at 7:00 am | No Comments »
August 15, 2012 11:19 am

Later this summer, Ben Davis intends to open Broken Spoke, an eatery that will double as an art studio in the Hilltop neighborhood. He’ll be in good company food wise – that’s in the same block as Vietnamese restaurants Le-Le and Pho King – and a block or two from 1022 South, Tempest and Peterson Bros 1111.

Davis is planning the business as a hodgepodge collective of all his interests – an art studio, gathering place for bicyclists, sandwich and coffee shop and a tavern with a selection of 15-20 beers by the can. Davis is a local custom bike builder and an artist.

Davis said via email that the studio space will hold his work as well as that of visiting artists.

Wrote Davis by email, “I think Broken Spoke is going to be a pretty cool, laid back place to go enjoy your favorite beer in a can, or a coffee to get you through a Friday night. Maybe meet up with some friends before or after a bike ride, and share stories of near misses with cars. I think it’s going to be a great addition to the Tacoma scene.”

Look for Broken Spoke’s opening later this summer at 1014 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma (next to Le-Le).

New on the Hilltop: Watch for my review Friday of Peterson Brothers 1111 – nicknamed the Eleven Eleven – which opened in late June near 11th and MLK. It’s a neighborhood tavern serving great sandwiches.

More food on the Hilltop: Like the Lincoln District and South Tacoma Way, the Hilltop is home to eclectic eateries. Here’s a review of 10 restaurants in that neighborhood.

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