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Tag: X Group Restaurants


Restaurant opening: Choripan by Asado opened today at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass

Choripan by Asado opened today inside the Museum of Glass. The restaurant is an outpost of Sixth Avenue’s Asado, an Argentina inspired steakhouse. Choripan is owned by X Group Restaurants, which also owns Masa, across the street from Asado, and the nearby Engine House No. 9. On the menu at Choripan is “an approachable take on Argentine street food.” Read more »


First look: Choripan by Asado, the new cafe in Tacoma’s Museum of Glass

X Group Restaurant Executive Chef Joel Mertens offered a few thoughts by email on the new Choripan by Asado, the cafe that will open around Jan. 11 inside Tacoma’s Museum of Glass. You can find details of the new cafe here. Mertens described a mix-and-match menu showcasing the flavors of street food in Argentina. Read more »


X Group Restaurants purchases Tacoma brewpub Engine House No. 9

The bison burger at Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma. Will the purchase of E9 by X Group Restaurants mean a menu change for the longtime Tacoma brewpub?

In case you missed it, C.R. Roberts from The News Tribune’s business team reported that X Group Restaurants, which owns Asado and Masa on Sixth Avenue, has purchased the brewery pub Engine House No. 9, located just around the corner from Masa. Read the story here. I’ve messaged Joel Mertens, the chef of X Group Restaurants, to ask him if he’ll oversee the menu and kitchen, but a question in the meantime: If you could change anything about E9, what would it be? My first thought would be to keep the big cookies for dessert and don’t change the bison burger much, but feel free to ditch the bland tater tots from the menu, or at least season them properly

UPDATE: I heard back from Mertens and here’s what he had to say about the E9 menu: Read more »