Grassi's boutique, restaurant slated to open in University Place after first of the year

Staff writerOctober 2, 2013 

Grassi’s, late of downtown at the University of Washington Tacoma and across Pacific Avenue from the Tacoma Art Museum, will be reopening after the first of the year in University Place at the site of the former and well-remembered bakery, cafe and trufflemaker Affairs.

“We signed a lease for the entire building,” owner Ken Grassi said this week. “We’re taking the former Affairs site and the two spaces beside it.”

The new enterprise will contain both a restaurant and an expanded version of Grassi’s Boutique.

“We’re doing major interior and exterior renovations,” Grassi said. “We definitely have a niche in University Place for more restaurants and retail.”

He said the restaurant would offer “some favorites from before, with definitely an Italian influence. We’re going to continue with pastries. We will be doing homemade cookies and pies.”

The boutique will offer women’s apparel and jewelry, basically “expanded from what we had before because we have more space.”

With an announcement pending on a major tenant up the road in University Place, and with Applebee’s finally constructing infrastructure for its new restaurant, and with that golf tournament looming, Grassi – who is also the city’s mayor – said, “I serve here. I believe in this community. I live here. I think it’s just going to go crazy here in the months ahead.”

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