Think there are too many pubs in Tacoma already? That's not stopping Barry Watson, proprietor of Rosewood Café in the Proctor District. Watson's Public House, a "British-Northwest fusion" pub, is in the early stages at South Union and South 13th, in Tacoma's Central District.
"It's always been a goal of mine," said publican-to-be Watson. "There are people who have done it ahead of me. But I think there's a place for something that focuses on fresh food and service."
Here's how Watson backs up his "step above pub fare" claim:
"No deep fryers," he said. "It'll be all sauté and convection cooking."
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Expect a menu of salads, soups and sandwiches, like at Rosewood Café. Watson said he's also taking with microbrewers about making his Rosewood Red ale recipe.
Look for 75 seats and a lot of Northwest tap handles, plus Euro guests. When? Watson wouldn't say – not because he was being cagey, but because he sounded hip to the realities of construction and permit delays.