John Fotheringham, left, opened 12th Street Diner in December, at the former Frank's Drive-In site at 4008 S. 12th St., Tacoma. Now he's selling it.
According to the voice message on her answering machine, Mary's Burger Bistro is scheduled to open Monday in the totally remodeled former Art's Hamburger stand at 2301 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma.
I've been curious about this place since I moved here three years ago. Then, a sign on top of the tissue-box of a building announced 24-Hour Chicago Diner. Whatever that was. It never opened.
Then a deli was supposed to go in there. That never happened either.
Now the exterior and interior of the small building are spiffed up and ready for Mary's burgers, fries, shakes and whatever else is on her menu when I show up Monday.
In other burger news, 12th Street Diner is for sale.
"I bought the building and opened the restaurant because it looked like something that would be fun," said John Fotheringham. "I would entertain the idea of just leaving the business. I'm a builder. I'd rather get back into that."
Fotheringham said he's open to offers.
"It was really a run-down old building," Fotheringham said of the former Frank's Drive-In site at 4008 S. 12th St., Tacoma, which seats 48 people in 1,350 square feet, inside and out. "I kinda brought it back to life."