One of my favorite things to do as this paper’s hired belly is to tell success stories about restaurants that have pulled a great turnaround.
In 2013, we saw a cascade of openings that made the South Sound a more robust dining region. While some restaurants nailed the concept on their first try, others proved they required more time to settle into their kitchens.
This Friday and next, I’ll be writing about third helpings of restaurants that debuted in 2013 with concepts I applauded, but with shaky early deliveries.
Three new eateries have opened around the South Sound. Domo Sushi in Gig Harbor is now serving an extensive menu of Japanese sushi and specialties, but also delves into Korean and Chinese dishes. The casual eatery Taste of Peru also has opened in Gig Harbor. In Puyallup, the New Orleans themed Bourbon Street Bar and Grill opened last week. Check back for a first-bite report of Bourbon Street Bar and Grill later this week. Read more about all three restaurants and check out the menus below. Read more »
For 14 years, Betty Vasquez has sold her Peruvian specialties at farmers markets from Gig Harbor to Kingston. Next month, she’s taking her recipes – tamales, ceviche, quinoa and anticuchos – to a brick-and-mortar location.
Expect an opening for Taste of Peru sometime in December at 5500 Olympic Drive N.W. – in the storefront that formerly held Quizno’s. Read more »
The burger diner Lunchbox Laboratory is a nod to an era when “Mork and Mindy” inspired our clothing and Fonzie-isms entered our vernacular. Retro lunchboxes and ‘60s-‘70s themed toys rule the dining room. There’s a picture of the Six Million Dollar Man on the menu. Tang appears on the menu – as an actual beverage option.
The Seattle burger chain’s Gig Harbor outpost opens Friday on Point Fosdick Drive in the same shopping complex as Safeway. Lunchbox Laboratory has cloned itself once in Bellevue, but this is its first venture into the South Sound ‘burbs. Read more »
Gig Harbor, prepare for a restaurant flurry – three restaurants will be opening between now and November. Here’s what’s on the way – a brewpub with pizza and burgers, more gourmet burgers and a sushi restaurant. Read on. Read more »
After a few months of delays, the Gourmet Burger Shop opened Friday in its new downtown Gig Harbor location.
Owner Travis Hightower has been working on the space all year (it was previously occupied by Le Bistro before a fire closed that restaurant in 2010).
In April, Hightower closed his first hole-in-the-wall burger shop. That spot always felt a mismatch – a painfully tiny roadside spot serving upscale burgers, shoestring garlic-herb fries and beet chips that seemed as if they’d be more at home on Sixth Avenue than a remote location beyond the Purdy Spit. Despite the location, Hightower found success – and crowds. Read more »