Construction delays have moved the opening of Savor Creperie forward an additional month. The creperie will operate in the University of Washington Tacoma neighborhood. Owner Tom Vigue said he’s expecting to be serving crepes by early April. Vigue said last fall he planned to open by January, but turning the former bookstore into a restaurant space has taken longer than previously expected. Vigue, a newcomer to Tacoma, described his menu as something like what one would find in the many walk-in creperies that pepper Vancouver B.C.
The creperie will operate at 1916 Pacific Ave. in a neighborhood expecting two other new restaurants – Than Brothers Pho and Granola’s frozen yogurt are expected to open nearby in the Joy Building before this summer.
Vigue previously operated a catering company and restaurant called Chef Appeal in Richmond, Va. and also worked in corporate chef gigs with hotels and senior communities. Vigue’s niche will be crepes and not much else. The setup will be casual with counter ordering and take-out. He plans a menu of 15 savory and 10 dessert crepes. He described the menu as affordable to students and downtown workers alike. While some creperies use crepes as something of a tortilla to create roll-up wrap sandwiches, Vigue said his griddle-cooked crepes – made with a wheat-based batter – will be more European in style – the kind he developed an affinity for while dining through Amsterdam and Paris
In an interview last year, Vigue described a broad flavor palate: Roasted butternut squash and candied nuts, ham and gruyere, even a moo shu pork themed crepe. He’ll have a lemon crepe, a ricotta crepe and mixed berry crepe with ginger and mascarpone. “I’ll have the classic Nutella crepe, of course,” he said at the time.
Where: 1916 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Opening: Tentatively April 2013