There's something to cluck about in the deep-fried saga that was Ezell's Famous Chicken on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma: A new neighborhood cafe serving an all-day-menu is moving into the abandoned chicken shack.
Steve and Gretchen Nogler, former owners of Sumner's Garden Cafe, plan to open Pinwheel Catering's Herban Cafe next month.
Steve Nogler, a veteran of high-end dining at El Gaucho and Sea Grill, says Herban Cafe will serve soups, sandwiches and hot entrees all day, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (11 on Fridays and Saturdays). Sundays will be brunch-only. He cited Rosewood Cafe as an inspiration. He's even promising steaks.
For now, Nogler's busy removing the deep-fried chicken grease that's been sitting in the kitchen since Ezell's abruptly shut down more than a year ago in a dispute with the building's former owner. Nogler said he's shooting for a Dec. 16 opening.
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Pinwheel Catering's Herban Cafe: 2602 6th Ave., Tacoma; 253-572-0170
Meanwhile, 12th Street Diner has new owners and a new menu. In addition to burgers and fries, there are cold sandwiches, and salads.
12th Street Diner: 4008 S. 12th St., Tacoma; 253-752-8100