Woody's Wharf has a new chef, a new general manager, a new menu and a new last name.
The restaurant, which opened in August, celebrates its grand opening Thursday, with free appetizers and $1 drinks from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Chris Bangert, previously of The Cliff House, is the new chef. Thomas Johnson, formerly of Sea Grill, now runs the front.
Johnson told me today that Woody's has new last name –- on the Water.
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Woody's on the Water, Johnson said, better fits Woody's upscale, loungey decor, a hold-over from the days when the restaurant and bar was Blue Olive, the ill-fated "ultra lounge" and martini bar. (The Woody part derives from owner Coy Wood's name.)
Along with the more upscale-sounding name comes a new menu that resembles other Tacoma waterfront restaurants, from The Cliff House to C.I. Shenanigans: Alaskan salmon and halibut, Hawaiian ono, panko-crusted fish and chips, prime rib, steaks, chops, shellfish and more.
Woody's on the Water (nee Woody's Wharf): 1517 Dock St., Tacoma; 253-272-1433. Lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m.