In Jim Wick’s words, his new restaurant in downtown Puyallup is “sort of swanky.” I’d say that’s a pretty good way to describe It’s Greek To Me Puyallup, which opened last Monday in the space that formerly housed DeCaterina’s Market Grill and Bar (and From the Bayou before that).
If the restaurant’s name sounds familiar that’s because it’s an offshoot restaurant from Tacoma’s It’s Greek To Me, the hole-in-the-wall drive-in/walk-in Greek restaurant that Wick opened in 1991 in that tiny little building just off that weird little intersection where Sixth meets Division meets Sprague.
The Puyallup restaurant wasn’t Wick’s idea. A consultant hired by the city solicited Wick and a handful of other restaurateurs to lease the city-owned space. The process was several months long and the finalists, besides It’s Greek To Me, included a barbecue restaurant, seafood concept and a bistro. When the city council, the decision makers, evaluated the candidates, It’s Greek To Me won the lease. Read more »