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Now open: Shake Shake Shake, a new burger restaurant in the Stadium District

An oversized sign is a striking visual anchor in the dining room. Photo courtesy of Shake Shake Shake.
An oversized sign is a striking visual anchor in the dining room. Photo courtesy of Shake Shake Shake.

Burgers are finally sizzling in the Stadium neighborhood  - Shake Shake Shake opened this afternoon. The restaurant is from business partners Steve Naccarato and Robert Stocker, two well-known Tacoma artists turned restaurant owners.

The retro-themed burger restaurant – some already have nicknamed Shake 3 – was expected to open earlier this year and has looked cosmetically ready for months. It took longer than expected to convert the infrastructure from a mini mart to restaurant space. That’s not unusual for restaurants with complicated equipment needs that don’t always align with the inner workings of an old building. While the delay was understandable, diners have been antsy for an opening. In recent days, some diners have taken to Twitter and Facebook to post minor grumblings asking “when? when? when?” Well, Tacoma. Here’s your chance to try the burgers and fries. They’re open. Read more »


Dig into a classic – Pacific Grill in downtown Tacoma

Sue Kidd checks in on Pacific Grill, one of Tacoma’s finest eateries, run by Tacoma native Gordon Naccarato. As the holiday season unfolds and diners search for locations to celebrate, Pacific Grill should top their lists.


Ian Thompson leaves Pacific Grill and heads back to the books. Good luck Ian.

Ian Thompson is heading back to the books. The Executive Chef of the Pacific Grill was in the middle of degree in Hospitality Management when Pacific Grill owner Gordon Naccarato called and asked him to come cook at Pacific Grill.

Thompson is just finishing up his 18-month career at Pacific Grill and will take a few weeks off to travel through Oregon before returning to the South Sound area to work in a lower-stress job while he focuses on his studies. “I plan on taking a kitchen lead position at Fircrest Golf & Country Club. I have never worked in a club kitchen before, I know it will be different than independent restaurants. I anticipate it being low stress enough to allow me to focus on school. I will consider this job as a bridge,” he wrote in an e-mail. Click “more” to read his plans, and to see what’s next for Pacific Grill. Read more »


Noodle bar at Pacific Grill starts next Thursday

Chicken tonkatsu salad with panko chicken, Asian slaw, okonomi sauce, kewpie mayo, crispy shallots and sesame seeds is on the Thursday late-night noodle bar menu that starts at Pacific Grill June 24.

Here’s something new and cool: Pacific Grill will turn into a noodle bar every Thursday late night starting next week, June 24.

Owner Gordon Naccarato calls it a pop-up restaurant, where from 9 p.m. to midnight every Thursday Pacific Grill’s menu goes late-night street style Japanese dining.

The menu is like nothing around town – and reminds me of dining at Ping, the hot spot in Portland that serves inventive Japanese street food with Southeast Asian and Chinese twists. My last visit at Ping found all kinds of small bite wonders – grilled skewers with short ribs, quail eggs and fish balls, small plate duck egg salads and tea-steeped eggs.

Pacific Grill’s pop-up noodle nights will feature customized noshing in a bowl –ramen soups come in a broad array of flavors. Read more »