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May
19th

Cinnamon rolls return to Freighthouse Square – at Sasquatch Cinnamon Rolls

Sasquatch's cinnamon rolls are served in a 7-inch disposable pie pan.
Sasquatch’s cinnamon rolls are served in a 7-inch disposable pie pan.

Depending on the Scandinavian address, they’re kanelbullar or skillingsboller. Around here – we just call them cinnamon rolls.

Dagmar Simard is a Tacoman by birth, Norwegian by heritage. Her cinnamon rolls – err, skillingsboller – looked every bit a Norwegian pastry, but relayed an American recalibration – a spice often subtracted outside Northern Europe.

“The only thing we’re missing is cardamom,” confirmed Simard, whose Norwegian mother and great aunt – both named Mona – taught her to bake as a youngster growing up near the Salishan neighborhood. She described her maternal elders with her signature salty humor, “Cranky old Scandinavian women; in flour sack dresses, with pudgy ankles.”

Peterson, with her son and husband, opened Sasquatch Cinnamon Rolls in April in a small cafe space in Freighthouse Square that long has hosted bakeries. Read more »

Oct.
12th

Coming to the Dome neighborhood: Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill


Pictured here in 2009 is Ammar Mannaa, who is duplicating his Mediterranean Palace restaurant. Ammar's Mediterranean Grill will open sometime in the next month in the Dome neighborhood. News Tribune file photo/Drew Perine

It’s just a block away. But it’s a big shift in responsibility for Ammar Mannaa.

The longtime owner of Mediterranean Palace at Freighthouse Square will open an outpost a block from the restaurant that his family has operated since 1989. Mannaa expects to open Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill sometime in the next month at 409 E. 26th St. Read more »