The Foss Waterway got a new bistro Saturday. Except that its only sort of new. Johnnys Seafood has been a Tacoma staple for 39 years as the go-to seafood counter in Tacoma. Now its all that, plus a bistro. The casually-themed waterfront restaurant opened Monday. Heres a first look.
TNT business reporter John Gillie reported on the opening and history of Johnnys here. Johnnys Seafood closed in January for a building remodel that would boost the business, owned by Pacific Seafoods since 2006, from seafood purveyor to a waterfront bistro. The renovation added plenty of indoor and outdoor seating - about 48 seats in each area. Theres also a bar serving wine and beer.
The revamp: Enter the building and veer to the right to pick up your seafood at the counter. Dining tables are adjacent to the seafood counter, which might seem confusing upon entry. Which leads me to
Seat yourself: The restaurant is an absolutely casual endeavor, from the moment of entry when diners are instructed (or not, as in our case) to find a seat anywhere. The restaurant is still dealing with that new restaurant smell and hard working staffers looked to be still training.