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Tag: proctor dining

May
21st

Tacoma’s Babblin’ Babs new home is on hold – for now

Pictured here in this 2010 file photo is William Mueller of Babblin' Babs, which recently closed its Proctor restaurant and is now searching for a new home. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer
Pictured here in this 2010 file photo is William Mueller of Babblin’ Babs, which recently closed its Proctor restaurant and is now searching for a new home. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Babblin’ Babs Bistro closed its Proctor neighborhood breakfast-and-lunch cafe in December with the intention of moving to Lakewood by this summer. However, the restaurant will not open in the Gravelly Lake Drive space that was planned for the new Babblin’ Babs. Read more »

Jan.
17th

Second bites: Revisiting Tacoma eateries My Greek and Soul

My Greek owner Nader Morcos with a plate of lamb souvlaki. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
My Greek owner Nader Morcos with a plate of lamb souvlaki. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

As this paper’s dining critic, one of my favorite functions is to master the art of a second bite — or a “do-over,” as I call them.

In Part 2 of my series where I revisit restaurants that had shaky starts when they opened in 2013, I’m featuring two eateries on the verge of getting it right.

Sometimes I’ll find a restaurant performing well for food but still struggling — or flopping — in another area. Today’s column features two restaurants that exemplify that: The food has improved, while service or atmosphere still need tending.

Are they still worth your dining dollars? I say yes, but with reservations. Both restaurants deliver styles of cuisine in short supply in the South Sound. Yet will diners be as forgiving of the lapses as I am? Only time and your dining dollars will tell. Read more »

Jan.
14th

Babblin’ Babs on the move – the Proctor cafe finds a home in Lakewood

Pictured here in this 2010 file photo is William Mueller of Babblin' Babs, which recently announced it's moving from Proctor to Lakewood. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer
Pictured here in this 2010 file photo is William Mueller of Babblin’ Babs, which recently announced it’s moving from Tacoma’s Proctor neighborhood to Lakewood. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

If there was one constant theme at the Proctor neighborhood’s Babblin’ Bab’s Bistro, it’s that there never was enough seating. Years ago, the neighborhood cafe outgrew its cramped 900 square foot quarters.

The bistro known for only serving breakfast and lunch frequently had weekend breakfast lines out the door, something that chagrined owners William and Shannon Mueller, who worried about the amount of business they lost because of their lack of seating.

The cramped interior held only a handful of tables, even after the bistro turned a tiny side room into additional seating. The kitchen was outfitted with the bare necessities and was about the size of a walk-in closet with an annex area for storage.

Dec. 29, the Muellers served their last meal in their Proctor cafe. They’re destined now for a space more than three times the size of the original Babblin’ Babs, which they opened as a 14-seat bistro in 2006 (it operated as a Dinner Solutions before that). Read more »

Feb.
17th

Early impressions: Taking first bites out of three new cafes – Devoted Kiss Cafe in Gig Harbor, Choripan by Asado at MoG and the Staircase Cafe in Proctor

Eggs Benedict at the Devoted Kiss Cafe with a this-is-why-we-live here view of Gig Harbor's waterfront. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Three new cafes have opened in as many months.Today, I take a first bite out of Devoted Kiss in Gig Harbor, Choripan by Asado, the new cafe at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, and Staircase Cafe, a restaurant that has replaced The Old House Cafe in Proctor. Read more »

Jan.
4th

Tacoma’s Proctor neighborhood sees a flurry of change. New owners at the Rosewood and The Old House, Jubilee closes, and Babblin’ Babs goes Parisian

Good news: The Rosewood Cafe may have sold, but the chocolate pot du creme stays at the Rosewood Cafe in Proctor.

Restaurants in Proctor are changing hands, moving out or tweaking their concepts. Two established Proctor restaurants – The Old House and The Rosewood Cafe – have new owners this week, Babblin’ Babs plans to open a Parisian themed bistro in its back room and Jubilee Cupcakes leaves Proctor. And did I mention that I love the new(ish) seating at Capers, which has some of the best meatloaf and cupcakes in town? Click “read more” for all the details. Read more »

April
21st

Sneak peak: A look at what we ate in Proctor

Chocolate pot du creme at the Rosewood Cafe in Proctor.

This Friday, we’ll publish the fifth installment of our occasional Ten-in-One: Meals by the Mile series where we review 10 restaurants located within a compact area. For this Friday’s GO section, we’re paying a visit to the Proctor dining neighborhood.

We thought we’d prime your appetite the next few days with previews of dishes we enjoyed during our reviews.

Today, take a bite out of the pot du crème on the menu at the Rosewood Café. Click “more” to read about the dessert pictured here. Read more »

Oct.
2nd

First Bite: Sweet Things Cupcakes Proctor

Trays of delectable cupcakes beckon beneath chandeliers at Sweet Things Cupcakes & Couture in Tacoma's Proctor District. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune)
Trays of delectable cupcakes beckon beneath chandeliers at Sweet Things Cupcakes & Couture in Tacoma's Proctor District. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune)

Walking into Sweet Things Cupcakes & Couture is like wandering into a girl convention. On first glance, it looks as if a prom queen exploded inside the store and covered every available surface with sparkly things – purses, big flashy cocktail rings, rhinestone bracelets and even tiaras cram every nook of the remodeled Proctor residence that opened as a cupcake and baubles shop Sept. 12.

All girliness aside, the bakery serves up a delicious selection of cupcakes and the shop’s baristas pull a tasty espresso. That’s all they serve here – it’s a micro-niche cupcake and coffee place. Service is key at Sweet Things. They’ll ask you if you like your drink or cupcake, and care about the answer. Read more »

Sep.
30th

Cupcake news: Sweet Things opens, Indulge moves

Pictured here is Jen Quaschnik, owner of Indulge Cupcakes. She  will move her 2-year-old cupcake shop to Sumner. She plans to reopen in early October.
Pictured here is Jen Quaschnik, owner of Indulge Cupcakes. She will move her 2-year-old cupcake shop to Sumner. She plans to reopen in early October.

As one cupcake door opened, another closed Sept. 12. Sweet Things Cupcakes & Couture in Proctor opened that day and Indulge Cupcakes in Puyallup closed to prepare for a move to Sumner. Click “more” for the icing on the cupcake.

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