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Tag: Shake Shake Shake Tacoma

Aug.
29th

Brown cow, anyone? South Sound soda counters with fountain desserts of yesteryear

The soda fountain counter at Don's Ruston Market. Get yourself a brown cow, an egg cream or a phosphate soda here.
The soda fountain counter at Don’s Ruston Market. Get yourself a brown cow, an egg cream or a phosphate soda here.

As Labor Day weekend arrives, so does my habit of seeking end-of-summer rituals.

Today’s tour takes me to destinations perfect for a yes-you’re-going-back-to-school trip – soda fountain counters with ice cream.

I’m talking places that serve egg creams and brown cows, and 1940s-era fountain desserts not seen on restaurant menus for decades.

Two South Sound soda counters still are outfitted with 20th-century soda dispensers, which are worth a gander if you’re a fan of such memorabilia (although only one is in working order).

Both offer hard-scooped ice cream, custom-blended shakes and one even still serves phosphates, which are sodas with a pucker from the addition of citric acid. Consider those an acquired taste.

The best part? The soda fountains mentioned here are close to waterfronts — Steilacoom and Ruston. Hit the beach one last time before summer ends.

I’ve also got a few bonus stops for ice cream in Tacoma, too.
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July
29th

New shakes, a fancy ribbon – Stadium’s Shake Shake Shake celebrates itself today

The Shakemobile is the wagon used to promote Shake Shake Shake, a burger restaurant in the Stadium neighborhood.
The Shakemobile is the wagon used to promote Shake Shake Shake, a burger restaurant in the Stadium neighborhood.

Tacoma’s newest burger restaurant is going official today – four months after the neighborhood hangout opened in Stadium.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland is expected to cut a grand opening ribbon at 11 a.m. and the restaurant will hand out free shake samples and debut a few tweaks to the menu.

And here’s something you might see around your neighborhood soon – the Shake3mobile. Read more »

March
13th

Now open: Shake Shake Shake, a new burger restaurant in the Stadium District

An oversized sign is a striking visual anchor in the dining room. Photo courtesy of Shake Shake Shake.
An oversized sign is a striking visual anchor in the dining room. Photo courtesy of Shake Shake Shake.

Burgers are finally sizzling in the Stadium neighborhood  - Shake Shake Shake opened this afternoon. The restaurant is from business partners Steve Naccarato and Robert Stocker, two well-known Tacoma artists turned restaurant owners.

The retro-themed burger restaurant – some already have nicknamed Shake 3 – was expected to open earlier this year and has looked cosmetically ready for months. It took longer than expected to convert the infrastructure from a mini mart to restaurant space. That’s not unusual for restaurants with complicated equipment needs that don’t always align with the inner workings of an old building. While the delay was understandable, diners have been antsy for an opening. In recent days, some diners have taken to Twitter and Facebook to post minor grumblings asking “when? when? when?” Well, Tacoma. Here’s your chance to try the burgers and fries. They’re open. Read more »

Feb.
1st

Coming to the Stadium neighborhood: The Art House Cafe

Dustin Joseph is tackling a pretty large life goal – to own his own restaurant by age 30. The executive chef is leaving Chambers Bay Grill to open The Art House Cafe in the Stadium neighborhood.

Jan.
28th

New burger restaurants on the way – DeLong’s Deluxe in Lakewood and Shake Shake Shake in Stadium

Pick-Quick reopens from its winter hiatus Feb. 1. Also in February, two burger restaurants are planning to open.
Pick-Quick reopens from its winter hiatus Feb. 1. Also in February, two burger restaurants are planning to open. File photo from February 2011

February is shaping up to be the month of the burger for South Sound diners. Two retro-style burger restaurants plan February openings – DeLong’s Deluxe in Lakewood and Shake Shake Shake in the Stadium neighborhood. Additionally, here’s good news for Pick-Quick fans: The Fife burger restaurant reopens Friday from its annual two-month winter hiatus. Also at the end of this blog post, I have an update about Jubilee – a Lincoln neighborhood burger restaurant that closed in November and has been rumored as reopening. I’ve also got an update for diners on the Gourmet Burger Shop – the restaurant’s move to downtown Gig Harbor has been delayed to March. Read on. Read more »

Oct.
9th

New eats in the Stadium neighborhood: An old school (and high style) burger joint and an art cafe

The window coverings were removed over the weekend, giving Tacoma its first glimpe of Shake Shake Shake, which will serve roadside stand style burgers, fries and shakes.

Shake, Shake, Shake – a stylish retro burger joint – is coming to the Stadium neighborhood. The paper that has obscured the windows for months came down over the weekend and those who attended the art and wine walk got a first glimpse of the interior that’s high on retro style. The color scheme is aqua blue set against electric orange. An oversized sign that reads “Eat” is a visual anchor in a small dining room that will seat about 40. On the menu will be roadside stand style burgers, along with hot dogs, fries and shakes – something like what Shake Shack does. Shake Shake Shake will be at the corner of North Tacoma Avenue and North Second.

Across the street are more paper-covered windows – and it will be several months before that paper will come down.  Read more »