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Tag: Freighthouse Square


Out of limbo: Two restaurants (finally) reopen in Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square

The patty melt at the Boxcar Grill in Freighthouse Square. Photo by Janet Jensen/Staff photographer

For years, Freighthouse Square has been an incubator for fledgling restaurants. Some restaurants come and go in a matter of weeks. Some stick around for years – Paya and Mediterranean Palace, for instance. Others sprout business plans and duplicate themselves elsewhere – such as Wendy’s Vietnamese. Then there are businesses that grow so successful, they flitter off to bigger locations. Celebrity Cake Studio just moved from its longtime Freighthouse home to its own building on East 26th Street.

But what’s coming next for the mall and its collection of unusual retail shops and restaurants? That’s anyone’s guess. Read more »


Butter me up: The waft of cinnamon returns to Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square

Tonya Reynolds smears frosting on made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls at Seasonal Delights Cafe in Freighthouse Square. Photo by Janet Jensen/Staff photographer

The assertive scent of cinnamon and sweetness drifted down the long, nearly empty corridor at Freighthouse Square. For longtime visitors of Freighthouse, cinnamon is a nostalgic scent for a building that once housed Peggy’s Cinnamon Rolls from 1987 to 2008. But more about Peggy’s in a bit. I followed the yeasty scent to Seasonal Delights Cafe, a from-scratch bakery and cafe. Husband-and-wife team Tonya and Wade “Scott” Reynolds opened the cafe Jan. 15. Read more »


First Bite: Little India Express latest Freighthouse addition

Garlic naan at Little India Express.
Garlic naan at Little India Express.

As we wrote in our 10-in-One series in August, Freighthouse Square restaurants are in a constant state of flux. Restaurants there come and go at a faster pace than even the rest of the ever changing restaurant industry. Even if your visits are a single month apart, you may find two or three new restaurants, or an equal number of closed restaurants.

Our most recent Freighthouse find this week is Little India Express. The small Indian restauarant replaces M and J’s Lumpia, which served Filipino food. (Also gone are Cyber Pasta, which specialized in inexpensive pasta and espresso; and Bochino’s Fine Sausage, the hot dog stand near Rosie’s Asian BBQ. No word on what will fill those now vacant spaces).

As for Little India Express, it’s a welcomed addition to the already eclectic mix of ethnic eats at Freighthouse. The menu is recognizable Indian fare, entrees in the $8-$10 range; vegetarian dishes are around $6-$7 each.

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