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Puyallup restaurant openings: New Orleans themed steak and seafood, modern Mexican and plans for a traditional steakhouse

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Nov. 20, 2013 at 10:21 am | No Comments »
November 20, 2013 10:23 am

While I wrote earlier today about South Hill’s status as a chain mecca, downtown Puyallup is seeing a continued shift to sophisticated dining choices. Coming soon – a New Orleans themed steak and seafood restaurant, a modern Mexican restaurant and now a downtown restaurant owner has announced she’s looking to open a high-end steakhouse on East Main. Read on.

Bourbon Street Bar & Grill
Where: 401 S. Meridian, Puyallup, 253-315-9958
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Bourbon Street Bar & Grill is in the final countdown before it makes its downtown Puyallup debut. If inspections go as planned, an opening could happen as soon as the end of the month. I’ll keep you posted with updates.

Here’s something interesting about downtown real estate. Owner Mike de Alwis has carved a New Orleans themed steak and seafood restaurant out of a former service station location. Gone are the pumps and car lifts – in their place, diners will find a small restaurant broken into a bar and dining area. In the bar, diners will find a cocktail list with mint juleps and hurricanes – and an occasional three-piece Cajun band playing live music.

The bulk of the dinner menu will be steaks and seafood, served Cajun style. There also will be a Louisiana favorite that can be tough to find here – po’ boy sandwiches. They’ll come with oyster, shrimp and other flavors. Will there be crawfish boil? Only when it’s fresh and in season, said de Alwis.

His menu is modeled after restaurants he patronized or ran in Louisiana, where he lived and attended college. He previously oversaw a Cajun-French steakhouse in Louisiana – and it’s that type of restaurant from which he draws inspiration.

Wrote de Alwis “Our Cajun prime rib and filet recipes are from an original Cajun recipe.The fried seafood platter will have a Southern Louisiana flavor, from the heart of Cajun country, Lafayette. Our blackened seafood is from another favorite and an original recipe from the area as well.”

In a region short on Bayou dining, Bourbon Street’s location is a curious one – it’s across the street from It’s Greek To Me, which was home (two restaurants ago) from 2005-2006 to From The Bayou, the sibling restaurant to the popular Parkland Cajun restaurant that operated from 1998 to 2007.

de Alwis and his wife Karen have owned a business in Puyallup since 2010 – Misty Mountain Montessori.

Salsa 7 Modern Mexican Cuisine
Where: 506 N. Meridian, Puyallup, Facebook here

The downtown Puyallup restaurant I told you about in September now has a name – Salsa 7. It’s billed as a modern Mexican restaurant. It’s owned by Ramesh Kumar, who also owns Karma Indian Cuisine and Lounge on South Hill.

Salsa 7 will open in the former home of Sam’s Taqueria, which was in a building that was a converted gas station. The menu looks to be full of Mexican favorites. Kumar described a specials menu focusing on the cuisine of Oaxaca, a region in Mexico known for its complex moles (pronounced mole-lays).

BAR Steaks and Spirits – an upscale steakhouse and cocktail lounge – is planned for downtown Puyallup on East Main. BAR is an acronym for the duo behind the restaurant – owner Beti Tarantino is the B and bar manager Rusty White is the R.

Tarantino said the deal has not yet closed, but should soon. Her plans are tentative until an agreement is signed.

This will be a second restaurant for Tarantino, who ran the Comfort Food Cafe in downtown Puyallup until she closed that cafe Friday. She’ll focus all her time on opening BAR.

She said she plans an upscale menu and atmosphere. Diners will find steaks that breach the $40 pricepoint – although Tarantino said she intends to design a menu that will have more affordable options. Expect an extensive happy hour menu.

She plans the restaurant for where Forbidden City operated at 1402 E. Main, joining a restaurant neighborhood already occupied by HG Bistro and Toscanos Cafe and Wine Bar. Find BAR’s Facebook page here.

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