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Meet Vivian Irish: The new chef at Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge in Tacoma’s St. Helens neighborhood

Vivian Irish is a Tacoma native and 2007 graduate of Tacoma School of the Arts. In April, she was named the new executive chef of Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge. She replaces Matt Colony, who went to work at a pair of restaurants in Poulsbo. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

A few weeks ago, I reported here that executive chef Matt Colony had left Maxwell’s Restaurant & Lounge to run two restaurants in Poulsbo. Taking over the helm of Maxwell’s will be Vivian Irish, a young chef and Tacoma native who got her culinary start at Pacific Grill under the direction of Aaron Valimont, former executive chef, and Pacific Grill owner Gordon Naccarato. Irish also is a graduate of the Tacoma School of the Arts.

Curious about Irish? So was I. Click “more” to read a Q&A with the new executive chef of the popular St. Helens neighborhood upscale eatery. Read more »


Rumor mill: Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge is not closing. Yes, that means you can still get a Walker burger.

The buzz on Twitter yesterday was that Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge was rumored to be closing.

Not so says Executive Chef Matt Colony, who also runs the daily operations at Maxwell’s. If the restaurant is closing, that’s news to him. That’s good news for us burger lovers. The Walker Burger lives. (Not to mention the divine farro risotto of which I am newly obsessed).

The rumor of closure is nothing new to Colony, who has heard – from the rumor mill – for two years that his restaurant is on the brink. By email, he told

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Bar Burger Noshdown: The five South Sound bar, tavern and brewery burgers you’ve just got to bite into before you die

The Asado Burger with yucca fries. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Thick and towering, goosed with flavor, diminutive and tasty. Today’s bar burgers were the best of the best for flavor, texture and ingredients that I sampled for this week’s 20-burger salute to South Sound bars, taverns and breweries.

Chorizo, Nueske’s bacon, arugula and Gorgonzola – today’s burgers all feature unusual twists that made them memorable. And what’s better than a burger? A burger with fries (just add beer). If you’re a fan of fries, today’s installment is devoted to you.

Today’s burgers: Asado, Maxwell’s, Pacific Grill, The Hub, The Right Spot

Thursday: Crown Bar, Harmon, Bite Restaurant, West End Pub, Cheers South Hill

Wednesday: Engine House No. 9, El Gaucho, Katie Downs, The Parkway, Ram

Tuesday: Powerhouse Brewery, Cliff House, Matador, Blazing Onion and Beach Tavern.

YOUR TURN: Nominate your favorite South Sound burger for inclusion in the TNT Diner Burger of the Month Club. I’ll feature a different burger every month and invite diners to write their own reviews (the best written reviews will earn prizes, such as cookbooks). Just comment here to nominate a burger. Read more »


Restaurant nibbles: More spring menus, a free wine tasting and a burrito eating contest

From my reporter’s notebook today, a few new things: Pacific Grill has a new spring menu, Cork Wine Bar has a free wine tasting this afternoon, HG Bistro is now serving lunch and Maxwell’s is serving up some interesting sounding Mexican dishes on Cinco de Mayo. Read more »