When Fish Brewing Pub and Eatery opens Dec. 15 at Point Ruston, it’ll come with seating for about 350, a small oyster bar, an on-site brewery and an upstairs deck with a stunning view.
That view deck won’t be in full use until the summer, but expect winter to bring raw oysters aplenty at the new restaurant and pub.
“We’ll have four to six types of oysters every day,” said Sal Leone, president and CEO of Fish Brewing, which operates a brewpub and production, brewery facility in downtown Olympia as well as a tasting room in Woodinville.
Much like the Olympia oyster selection, Point Ruston’s oysters will fluctuate seasonally and rotate with the featured purveyors. Original plans called for a display oyster bar, but health department rules required it to be enclosed and refrigerated. The solution was a sushi-style case to display those oysters, said Leone.
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“We’ll take them back and fresh shuck them in the kitchen,” he said.
Changing the oyster bar was one of several modifications made to the plans for the project. Permit delays due to those changes, typical for a restaurant of its size, pushed the opening from summer 2017 to December.
In total, there will be seating for more than 350 diners, with 200 of those seats in the 6,900 square-feet indoor space and another 150 spread across a few outdoor spaces. They’ll wait until summer to ramp up to that full capacity.
Leone notes that the restaurant wants to work out all the kinks before heading into the busy summer season at Point Ruston, which hosts a concert series and a splash park for children during the warmer months.
The menu features a wide range of pub sandwiches and burgers, fried fish, fish tacos and classic pub dishes, such as bangers and mash (with options for gluten-free and vegetarian diners). Fish’s food includes upscale touches like fresh-cut pub fries and house-made sauces.
The full Olympia pub menu will be imported to Point Ruston, plus some additions, such as a macaroni and cheese menu with several variations and additional upscale steak, chop and seafood dishes.
At dinner, the price point will hover in the high teens to low $20s with a few more-expensive entrees, said Leone.
Kids will be catered to with a “Guppy Menu,” high chairs and booster seats.
For grownups, 40 taps will hold 32 beers and ciders and eight wines. The taps will host about a half dozen guest beers with the rest dedicated to Fish Brewing’s extensive line of organic and regular beers, plus labels it produces that include Spire Mountain Ciders and Leavenworth Biers. The bar also will feature Fish’s newest addition: spirits from the company’s newly launched distillery. There will be six-packs, growlers and kegs-to-go, as well.
The on-site brewing will pale in comparison to the Olympia brewery, which can brew about 50,000 barrels in contrast to the four barrels a month it expects to produce at Point Ruston.
That on-site brewery will produce a house beer called Ruston IPA, said Leone. He described it as a typical hoppy Northwest IPA. The brewing operation featuring two-barrel fermenters will be viewable from the dining room.
Also on display will be the kitchen, which is massive in comparison to the Olympia location, said Leone. That’s one reason for the ability to greatly expand the menu in Point Ruston and eventually offer weekend breakfast.
The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily and is located at the Point Ruston development, a retail-residential center that straddles Tacoma and Ruston. Fish Brewing will be on the Ruston side of the city line.
Fish Brewing Pub and Eatery
Where: 5108 Grand Loop, Ruston; 253-507-4970; fishbrewing.com
Opening: 11 a.m. Dec. 15.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesdays-Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.