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Tag: German restaurants Tacoma

June
10th

Construction update: Veltins Bierhalle, a German pub in downtown Tacoma

The old home of Neener's is getting a makeover before it debuts as Veltins Bierhalle later this year.
The old home of Neener’s is getting a makeover before it debuts as Veltins Bierhalle later this year.

Veltins Bierhalle, a German-themed pub and restaurant from the owners of Renton’s Berliner Pub, is still stuck in construction mode. A hopeful opening date was set for June, but it appears it’ll be at least three more months before an opening in downtown Tacoma. Read more »

May
22nd

Store grazing: Old-world bread at local European markets

Kusher Bakery in Fife specializes in Ukrainian breads including, clockwise from center rear, farmer bread (with no yeast), baton lubitelskiy, poppy seed strudel, caramel cookies (walnut-sized), bulochka (foreground center), and rogalik (left). Peter Haley / Staff photographer
Kusher Bakery in Fife specializes in Ukrainian breads including, clockwise from center rear, farmer bread (with no yeast), baton lubitelskiy, poppy seed strudel, caramel cookies (walnut-sized), bulochka (foreground center), and rogalik (left).
Peter Haley / Staff photographer

Carbavores in search of old-world bread — have I got a place for you. A reader tipped me to a newer bakery and grocery store in Fife that makes the kind of bread that is densely textured and rich in flavor. It’s sturdy enough to hold up on a panini press and hearty enough to sop up the richest stew.

The bread at Kusher Bakery is made simply, using a fermented dough mixed from straightforward ingredients with no preservatives: flour, water and salt. The recipe is Ukrainian — a family method handed down through generations.

Owner Anatoliy Zaika has been baking the bread for five years in the South Sound. He previously operated Kusher as a wholesale bakery in Federal Way for four years before opening his Fife Ukrainian bakery and grocery store to the public less than a year ago.

“It’s healthy, it’s simple ingredients,” is how Zaika described his bread, which he makes in about a dozen variations — from savory to sweet. Read more »

Feb.
5th

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 »