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Feb.
22nd

Bruno’s European Cafe triples its dining room with a move to Pacific Avenue. And across town, a diner develops a following for its German theme nights


Pictured here are cabbage rolls from Bruno’s European Cafe in Lakewood. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Bruno’s European Cafe, which I reviewed last April, was a hole-in-the-wall like none I’d ever seen. In a tiny storefront off Pacific Highway Southwest in Lakewood, four tables provided seating for fewer than 18 diners. That capacity only could be achieved through communal seating. The line perpetually snaked out the door. I didn’t mind. It always was worth the wait.

Well, no more. The restaurant is on the move and is expected to reopen sometime in the next week in a Tacoma space about three times the size of its former Lakewood location. UPDATE: The restaurant passed its health inspection today, Feb. 23, and will open this Friday, Feb. 25.

You’d never know that Bruno’s old location had a kitchen the size of a walk-in closet. Despite the lack of space, chef/owner Bruno Tomaszewska, with his wife Kristina, produced gigantic German flavors. Think succulent rouladen, hearty goulash, ethereal potato dumplings, spaetzle and latkes. Oh, the latkes. Read more »