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Coming to Tacoma’s brewery district: German pub Veltins Bierhalle

South Sound is getting something its needed – a German themed pub. Veltins Bierhalle is planned for a summer 2013 opening in Tacoma’s brewery district.

The building housing the new restaurant – where Neener’s formerly operated at 2401 Pacific Ave. – has been vacant for seven years. Owners Dennis and Lydia Mascarinas plan an extensive remodel of the 3,500 square foot space. “It’s going to be a nice space. It’s a beautiful building, the windows are boarded up now. It’s got the second story,” said owner Lydia Mascarinas by phone. She added, “It’s got a side business, which we’ll use as a separate business.” She was referencing the next door building that until January housed American Motorcycles. The Mascarinas are not yet sure what the future holds for the neighboring space. “We don’t have any definitive plans as of yet. We’re going to concentrate on opening the Bierhalle,” she said. Read more »


Bruno’s European Cafe triples its dining room with a move to Pacific Avenue. And across town, a diner develops a following for its German theme nights

Pictured here are cabbage rolls from Bruno’s European Cafe in Lakewood. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Bruno’s European Cafe, which I reviewed last April, was a hole-in-the-wall like none I’d ever seen. In a tiny storefront off Pacific Highway Southwest in Lakewood, four tables provided seating for fewer than 18 diners. That capacity only could be achieved through communal seating. The line perpetually snaked out the door. I didn’t mind. It always was worth the wait.

Well, no more. The restaurant is on the move and is expected to reopen sometime in the next week in a Tacoma space about three times the size of its former Lakewood location. UPDATE: The restaurant passed its health inspection today, Feb. 23, and will open this Friday, Feb. 25.

You’d never know that Bruno’s old location had a kitchen the size of a walk-in closet. Despite the lack of space, chef/owner Bruno Tomaszewska, with his wife Kristina, produced gigantic German flavors. Think succulent rouladen, hearty goulash, ethereal potato dumplings, spaetzle and latkes. Oh, the latkes. Read more »