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Tag: University Place dining

March
31st

Ale House plans summer reopening

Pictured in this July 2013 file photo, employees of the Ale House Pub & Eatery , from left, cooks Aldevon Brown and Jason Liston and bartender Steve Tarbutton, right, tended to landscaping chores a few weeks after the July 12 fire that closed the restaurant. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer
Pictured in this July 2013 file photo, employees of the Ale House Pub & Eatery , from left, cooks Aldevon Brown and Jason Liston and bartender Steve Tarbutton, right, tended to landscaping chores a few weeks after the July 12 fire that closed the restaurant. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Craig Dickens had hoped to reopen the Ale House Pub & Eatery around the time the Seahawks season started. Well, the season – and an epic Super Bowl win (shameless plug alert) – have come and gone and the University Place pub and restaurant still sits dark after a devastating kitchen fire closed the restaurant in July 2013.

However, after a lengthy process, permits now are in hand and Dickens has hired a construction crew to begin the remodel. His new estimate? If all goes well, plan for a summer reopening. Read more »

Jan.
28th

Now open: Fresh Rolls, a Vietnamese deli in University Place

Salmon rolls from Fresh Rolls in University Place.
Vietnamese spring rolls with salmon from Fresh Rolls in University Place.

Bargain-focused Vietnamese deli Fresh Rolls opened Saturday near Bridgeport and 40th in University Place, a city short on dining choices.

The deli’s abbreviated menu lists a half dozen different styles of fresh spring rolls, which are chilled noodles, vegetables, lettuce and meats (if you want them) wrapped up in rice paper. The rolls are $4-$5 for two-packs with peanut dipping sauce. The menu listed  salmon, beef, grilled pork, shrimp, tofu vegetable and grilled chicken.  There’s also a short list of pho and salads. Read more »

Oct.
29th

Fire updates: Boxcar Grill and Ale House Pub & Eatery

Boxcar Grill closed nearly two weeks ago after a fire at the Sixth Avenue diner. The Ale House Pub & Eatery is still working on its reopening after a two-alarm fire damaged the University Place eatery July 12.  When are they back in business? Here are updates. Read more »

July
24th

The Ale House in University Place plans a September reopening

Here's one thing I'll look forward to when the Ale House near University Place reopens - beer samplers. The pub has 64 beers on tap, many of them are Northwest craft brews.
Here’s one thing I’ll look forward to when the Ale House near University Place reopens – beer samplers. The pub has 64 beers on tap, many of them are Northwest craft brews.

Right around the time when the Seahawks begin to play their season, Craig Dickens hopes to be pouring beer again at his family’s Ale House Pub & Eatery. The University Place restaurant was damaged in a two-alarm fire July 12. The Ale House has since been closed. Read more »

May
21st

Cheers West restaurant closes June 1 – but expect a reopening

A city short on dining options looks to be losing one, although it’s expected to reopen. A sign has gone up announcing the closure of Cheers West, a bar and grill in University Place.

A manager who answered the phone said the restaurant would close June 1 and would reopen July 1 – in the same location – with new ownership. She said more details would be available Friday, but here’s sign of the new ownership.

A liquor permit has just been placed for a restaurant called Cheers West U.P. The permit lists Ali Akbar Mehdizadehkashi as the applicant.

Jan.
27th

My top five South Sound burger stands, walk-ups and drive-ins


Which burger reigns supreme? Click below to find out.

I’ve given the obligatory test run of Five Guys Burgers and Fries – the first South Sound stores of the national chain opened in Lakewood last week and in Puyallup in November. I realized as I was eating at Five Guys that I had not collectively written much about our home-grown burger stands since my burger-stand manifesto in 2009. So I hit the pavement and revisited some of my favorites, along with two new burger stands you may not yet know. Click “read more” to see my top five South Sound burger stand picks. Read more »

Aug.
12th

First bite: Beefy burgers at Lefty’s Burger Shack in University Place earns my approval


The Viking Burger with a one-pound patty at Lefty's Burger Shack, which just opened a few weeks ago in University Place. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer)

Look out Pick Quick, you have some competition.

That Fife drive-in burger stand long has been my go-to fast food burger of choice. Burgers with a from-scratch edict that extends to delicious hand-cut fries is the lure. But I always have had one quibble: The burger patty is too small.

Now enters the quarter-pound, juicy, meaty burgers at Lefty’s Burger Shack, opened July 23 by first-time restaurant owner Pam Hubert in a partially vacant University Place shopping center in need of crowds. And the crowds did come. Like the lines at Pick Quick, the 20-minute wait is worth it. Read more »

July
14th

Massimo in University Place opens Sunday (finally)

A month delayed by electrical and plumbing issues, but Massimo, University Place’s newest restaurant will open Sunday.

The restaurant, which I previously wrote about here and here, is the new tenant for the building that formerly housed Captain Nemo’s on Bridgeport Way. Massimo is a sibling restaurant to the Purdy Italian eatery of the same name that Massimo and Cindy Terracciano opened in 2009. They previously owned Terracciano’s in Gig Harbor at 3119 Judson (that restaurant now is Il Lucano) Co-owner Rich Johnson, who has worked with the couple since their first Gig Harbor restaurant, will manage the restaurant.

For those who recall the 80s decor of Captain Nemo’s, wipe that memory because the restaurant has been stripped and rebuilt. Read more »