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Fire updates: Boxcar Grill and Ale House Pub & Eatery

Boxcar Grill closed nearly two weeks ago after a fire at the Sixth Avenue diner. The Ale House Pub & Eatery is still working on its reopening after a two-alarm fire damaged the University Place eatery July 12.  When are they back in business? Here are updates. Read more »


Second bite: Boxcar Grill on Sixth Avenue

The meatloaf sliders at Boxcar Grill come with shoestring fries.

Boxcar Grill is dishing up good eats at its new location on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma. It’s bigger, but just as approachable and casual as its original Freightouse Square location that it left earlier this summer.

Eaters will find the same menu of diner classics with a few additions – one that sounds like a food dare, a half-pound burger built on two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon and jalapeno. Read more »


Boxcar Grill opens in new Sixth Avenue Tacoma location

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. Read more »


Boxcar Grill moves to Sixth Avenue in Tacoma

The patty melt at Boxcar Grill is my favorite melt in town. Staff file photo

The little diner that could is chugging along once again. The Boxcar Grill is moving to Sixth Avenue. They expect to reopen later this week or next.


The story of Boxcar Grill began last year at Freighthouse Square. Daughter-mother team Liz and Velda Gilham opened their diner last July and began a months-long struggle of closures and openings that lasted months. There were facility problems – the hot water went south, the walk-in cooler tanked and the heating system stumbled. The Gilhams reopened for what they hoped was the last time in mid-January, but it lasted just a handful of months. Construction blocked their entrance and they had to close again when a new sidewalk was poured. Read more »


Free breakfast today: Boxcar Grill at Freighthouse Square thanks customers for sticking around

Corned beef and hash at Boxcar Grill is one of my favorite breakfast dishes at the moment. The restaurant is at Freighthouse Square.

It’s been a long and bumpy ride for the owners of Boxcar Grill, one of my favorite new diners in Tacoma. Located inside Freighthouse Square, Boxcar Grill has had to overcome delay after delay in opening and then a construction project closed their front entrance in May. Well, they’re open again and they want to thank their loyal customers with a free breakfast all day today, June 9. The Hoodle Bug breakfast comes with toast, eggs and hashbrowns. Just order and pay for a beverage, and it’s yours for free today. They’re open until 7 p.m. today.

If you didn’t catch my review of Boxcar back in March, here are the highlights of all that this restaurant has had to overcome. Read more »