Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub will open in downtown Tacoma on Jan. 24. I just got off the phone with general manager Barry Boyle.
UPDATED JAN. 23 I'm told Friday is Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub's new opening day at the Olympus Hotel, Pacific at 8th. Blame the usual delays. By the way, Paddy's looks suave. Love the warm glowing lights and the tesselated tile floor, newly cleaned but which proudly shows of decades of wear. Paddy's sign is hard to read from the street; it's partially obscured by the Olympus Hotel's awning.
UPDATED JAN. 26 Paddy's opens at 5 p.m. today. You've been alerted.
A lunch launch date for The Matador is still up in the air. The Matador's publicist told me the Tex-Mexy restaurant's managment team is still trying to figure that out.
UPDATED As a reader notes in the comments, and as one of my sources confirms, weekday lunch starts at The Matador on Monday.
Speaking of downtown (unfortunately, not Tacoma's downtown), here's a really neat idea, from Sacramento, where I first made my restaurant (and saloon) critic's bones:
By the way, it wasn't that long ago that Sacramento -- "Hooterville" as one of my editors referred to it -- was a culinary backwater with a stagnant downtown.