Three restaurants and a grocery store are on the table in the burgeoning Broadway-St. Helens neighborhood near downtown Tacoma.
My TNT colleague John Gille reports today that an Arizona-based grocer has signed a letter of intent to open a grocery store in a planned $90 million mixed-use development near Sixth and St. Helens avenues, perhaps in summer 2009. The development is also slated to contain three restaurants, several smaller retailers, a hotel, a mix of condominium and apartment units and parking for 600 vehicles.
One South Sound restaurateur who's in discussions about opening a restaurant in the project told me last week that his restaurant, if the deal happens, would open in about three years.
Meanwhile in Sumner, TNT reporter Mike Archbold reports that the City Council delayed until Feb. 20 a vote on whether the town's taverns can host beer gardens.
The story notes that the council will hold a work session on the issue Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. It's a little chilly outside, but Sumner City Council members can call me if they want a recommendation on where to get a cold one and a bite to eat at that hour.