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Archives: Jan. 2013
Lakewood’s House of Donuts has reopened. The bakery with the iconic neon “Donuts” sign on Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest closed Dec. 31 and reopened Sunday after three weeks of renovation by new owner Tom Peterson, who bought the business, recipes and land from longtime owner Marilyn Cheatham.
The Cheatham family had operated and owned the business for more than 50 years, but leased it in recent years to Dan McCarthy. The family also operated three other doughnut and coffee shops in Tacoma. Read more »
For years, a sign just off Canyon Road in Puyallup advertised the future home of El Toro, a chain of Mexican restaurants operating in the South Sound since 1979. Years passed, there was no activity, no construction at the site. Just that weathered sign. Ruben Arias Jr. whose father Ruben Arias Sr. founded the chain, said he received so many emails and calls, he could not respond to a fraction of them. The emailers and callers kept asking the same thing – are you ever going to open?
The answer is yes. El Toro is opening. The 160-seat restaurant should be fully running in the next few days. Read more »
February is shaping up to be the month of the burger for South Sound diners. Two retro-style burger restaurants plan February openings – DeLong’s Deluxe in Lakewood and Shake Shake Shake in the Stadium neighborhood. Additionally, here’s good news for Pick-Quick fans: The Fife burger restaurant reopens Friday from its annual two-month winter hiatus. Also at the end of this blog post, I have an update about Jubilee – a Lincoln neighborhood burger restaurant that closed in November and has been rumored as reopening. I’ve also got an update for diners on the Gourmet Burger Shop – the restaurant’s move to downtown Gig Harbor has been delayed to March. Read on. Read more »
Whose fish and chips reign supreme? On behalf of a reader – Sue Kidd goes on a dining quest to find the best fish and chips in town.
The grating chill blew in sideways through the window on the Big Boys Filipino food truck, but the couple working inside didn’t seem bothered much. My teeth chattered and I winced at taking my hands out of my pockets to fetch my credit card. Such is life for a hired belly researching mobile food businesses in January. In January? Yeah. January. Although most of us think of May-October as the more sane food truck season, plenty of trucks and carts operate year round in South Sound. Yesterday, I wrote about Jay Dogs, a hot dog cart that set up shop Nov. 1 on Center Street. Today, I’m taking a bite out of the Big Boys, which opened just a few months ago in Pacific. Read more »
My Greek is now open in the Westgate neighborhood where Shari’s once operated. The Greek eatery does double duty with an Italian menu of pasta and pizza. My Greek is open for lunch and dinner and also has a full bar. A look at the menu shows an eatery quite similar in pricing and style to My Greek’s original location in Puyallup, which closed in July. Nader Morcos opened that restaurant in Puyallup in 2007 as the first U.S. location of the Canadian Mr. Greek chain. He left the franchise in 2008 and changed the name to My Greek.
On the menu at the Westgate My Greek are the usual suspects like Read more »
With the freezing fog and return of the rain (any minute?), I wondered if new mobile restaurant owners Nate Daep and Jay Gallinatti had second thoughts about starting their outdoor-based food businesses at a time of year when few diners are saying, “Hey, let’s eat outside!”
“We were really concerned about that,” laughed Nate Daep, who opened Big Boys Filipino food truck with fiance Melanie Querubin in a neighborhood in Pacific that straddles the Pierce County side of the Pierce-King County line. Ultimately, economics decided the couple would open their al fresco truck. They couldn’t afford to be idle waiting for warmer weather.
For Jay Gallinatti, a first-time restaurant owner, a primary concern for starting an outdoor business during the rainy season was figuring out shelter. That’s why he’s weatherproofed – as much as one can during our sideways-blowing rain season – his Center Street hot dog cart he opened in Tacoma Nov. 1.
On a recent and sort-of-dry day, I visited both new mobile restaurants. Today, I’ll tell you about Jay Dogs. Tomorrow, check back for a report on Big Boys Filipino Food Truck. Read more »