Boxcar Grill – the little diner that could – reopened Friday in a new home on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma.
Daughter-mother team Liz and Velda Gilham opened their diner last July in an anchor position in the Freighthouse Square mall, a collection of restaurants and retail shops near the Tacoma Dome. From the beginning, facility problems and construction caused openings and closures that lasted for months. Frustrated, Liz and Velda went shopping for a new home and landed at the former space of Happy Dragon, a popular Chinese restaurant that closed earlier this year at Sixth and Orchard. The Gilhams closed Boxcar Grill July 16 to prepare for the move.
The theme and menu remains pure diner – all the way down to the house-made raspberry freezer jam that comes with every breakfast. Their new home more than doubles the griddle space. They’ve added a few more diner classics to a menu that already includes chicken fried steak, meatloaf sliders and corned beef and hash.
The Boxcar Grill
Where: 5104 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
Contact: 253-503-0098 or theboxcargrill.com
Hours: Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner