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Great sandwiches: Olive Branch Cafe opens downtown, DiLoreto’s serves a mean BLT

Leaving behind a long career at Western State Hospital, Terry Waller opened her Olive Branch Cafe inside the Hidden Treasures antique mall in March 2012, and closed it just over a year later in search of a bigger and better space. Now, she’s open again in a downtown Tacoma neighborhood.

Much like her former location, the re-imagined Olive Branch is full of antiques and collectibles, the menu a mix of homespun sandwiches, soups and tea.

Waller knows her way around a sandwich griddle, considering her only restaurant work was volunteering at a coffee house through her church. Her sandwiches are

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New home for Olive Branch Cafe – in downtown Tacoma

Terry Waller, owner of Olive Branch Cafe, holds a turkey gobbler sandwich in her cafe, located inside the Hidden Treasures antique store. Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer
Terry Waller, owner of Olive Branch Cafe, holds a turkey gobbler sandwich in her cafe. File photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer

On June 22, Terry Waller will close her tea and sandwich shop at South 12th and Proctor and will head downtown to what she believes will be a better home for Olive Branch Cafe. She’ll open around Aug. 1 at 731 Commerce St., Tacoma.

I wrote about Waller here when I visited local antique malls outfitted with sandwich and dessert cafes. At Waller’s charming space, I found sandwiches with a homespun edge. Considering the shoebox size of the kitchen, Waller turns out great eats. Read more »