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Second bites: Revisiting Netshed No. 9 and Art House Cafe

The Rubenesque panini - made with pickles and pastrami - at Netshed No. 9 in Gig Harbor.
The Rubenesque panini – made with pickles and pastrami – at Netshed No. 9 in Gig Harbor. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Call it third helpings.

A re-dine. A do-over.

One of my favorite things to do as this paper’s hired belly is to tell success stories about restaurants that have pulled a great turnaround.

In 2013, we saw a cascade of openings that made the South Sound a more robust dining region. While some restaurants nailed the concept on their first try, others proved they required more time to settle into their kitchens.

This Friday and next, I’ll be writing about third helpings of restaurants that debuted in 2013 with concepts I applauded, but with shaky early deliveries.


They’re performing just fine. Read more »


First bites: Art House Cafe in Stadium and Netshed No 9 in Gig Harbor

Art House Cafe chef and co-owner Dustin Joseph working in the cafe bakery's display kitchen. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
Art House Cafe chef and co-owner Dustin Joseph working in the cafe bakery’s display kitchen. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Eating at the dining counter at Art House Cafe is like watching a live cooking show, only better because Neapolitan-style pizza and freshly baked English muffins go straight from the oven to your belly.

A nine-seat perch yields an unfettered view of chef Dustin Joseph sautéing, frying, slicing and dicing alongside his culinary team. Virtually every kitchen staffer is part of Art House’s kitchen theater, including the dishwasher. Read more »


Art House Cafe opens in Stadium Saturday

The Art House Cafe has announced it will officially open Saturday April 6. The cafe and bakery will open in the Stadium neighborhood, which most recently saw the introduction of another great dining find – the retro-themed burger restaurant Shake Shake Shake, which opened March 13. Read more about that restaurant here.

The Art House is the project of Lucy and John Armstrong, who opened the Stadium neighborhood’s Open Arts Studio in 1996. The Art House Cafe will be an extension of the neighboring art school that covers broad territory – from performing to visual arts, with classes for children, teens and adults. Cooking at The Art House will be Dustin Joseph, who will co-own the restaurant. If Joseph’s name sounds familiar, that could be because he was executive chef at University Place’s Chambers Bay Grill, a job he began in 2009 and left in February. While there, he developed a reputation and following for his Northwest-spun style of cooking. I like to call his food French in foundation, Northwest by design. Read more »


Coming to the Stadium neighborhood: The Art House Cafe

Dustin Joseph is tackling a pretty large life goal – to own his own restaurant by age 30. The executive chef is leaving Chambers Bay Grill to open The Art House Cafe in the Stadium neighborhood.


New eats in the Stadium neighborhood: An old school (and high style) burger joint and an art cafe

The window coverings were removed over the weekend, giving Tacoma its first glimpe of Shake Shake Shake, which will serve roadside stand style burgers, fries and shakes.

Shake, Shake, Shake – a stylish retro burger joint – is coming to the Stadium neighborhood. The paper that has obscured the windows for months came down over the weekend and those who attended the art and wine walk got a first glimpse of the interior that’s high on retro style. The color scheme is aqua blue set against electric orange. An oversized sign that reads “Eat” is a visual anchor in a small dining room that will seat about 40. On the menu will be roadside stand style burgers, along with hot dogs, fries and shakes – something like what Shake Shack does. Shake Shake Shake will be at the corner of North Tacoma Avenue and North Second.

Across the street are more paper-covered windows – and it will be several months before that paper will come down.  Read more »