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OBOK KOREAN HAS SOLD
Call the sale of Obok, one of South Tacoma Way’s oldest Korean restaurants, a well-deserved retirement for Sun Ok Chung, who has operated the restaurant since 1989.
At the end of October, she sold it and is now enjoying some well-deserved time off. With the exception of the occasional family wedding, the restaurant has never closed, not even for holidays, since its opening. Said Chung’s daughter, Hyun Choi, “It’s so bittersweet since the restaurant has been a part of our life for so long, but we are so excited for mom to get some rest.”
The restaurant will operate under new ownership at 8602 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood.
FOLEY’S CLOSED FOR REMODEL
In 2014, I went searching for great pastrami sandwiches and found one of my favorite pastrami reubens at Foley’s on the Green, the clubhouse restaurant at the Meadow Park Golf Course. Sorry, folks. For now, the pastrami sandwich, named after Olympia professional golfer Andres Gonzales, is unavailable as the restaurant remodels its dining room. Expect a reopening in December. Follow construction updates at facebook.com/foleysonthegreen.
MARKEE IN OLD TOWN NOW OPEN
Angie Keefe and Courtney Marshall have duplicated their Gig Harbor coffee house in Old Town. MarKee opened last week in the space that formerly held Treos.
The footprint of MarKee in Old Town looks similar to when it operated as Treos, and the coffee house plans to offer attractions such as trivia night and live music.
Light cafe fare will be served. On the breakfast menu is an acai bowl ($8) with granola, hemp hearts, fruit and acai; a smoked lox bagel ($7.50); veggie breakfast burrito ($6); and breakfast sandwiches ($5.50-$6). For lunch and dinner, there’s a menu of grilled sandwiches ($6-$9), flatbreads ($9-$11) and salads ($6-$11). The menu also lists shareable plates, including a charcuterie/cheese/fruit/nuts board ($20), a hummus and flatbread plate ($7.50), and warmed brie, walnuts, apples and baguette ($9).
They’re serving Poverty Bay coffee and offer beer and wine.
Find MarKee Old Town at 2312 N. 30th St., Tacoma; drinkmarkee.com.
FRESH ROLLS IN GIG HARBOR
Fresh Rolls has expanded again. The cafe specializing in Vietnamese fresh rolls is now open at 5500 Olympic Drive NW, Gig Harbor (253-858-9220, ilovefreshrolls.com). The restaurant specializes in low-calorie Vietnamese options that include several kinds of rolls, plus sandwiches and soup. The restaurant opened in University Place in 2014, then opened a second location in downtown Tacoma this year.