The Old Spaghetti Factory is committed to Tacoma, says the real estate director for OSF International, the restaurant's Portland-based parent company.
Ric Holderbaum made the assurance in an email this weekend after The News Tribune published a report detailing that beginning of renovations that ultimately could displace the restaurant, which has been at its location on Jefferson Avenue for almost 43 years.
"I can assure you no decisions have been made," Holderbaum wrote, "and it’s our intention to continue to service the Tacoma market as we have" since opening July 16, 1971.
The Old Spaghetti Factory has been the ground-floor anchor tenant in the Tacoma Paper & Stationary building. Now, decades later, it’s in the heart of the UWT’s campus footprint and is a tenant of the school.
The school is in the early stages of planning the building's renovation. Work would begin in late 2015 at the earliest, a school spokesman has said.