Tacoma's Southern Kitchen Restaurant is getting an exterior makeover. Manager John Waller called the work a "fresh look, more better for visibility with down-home Southern-style ambiance."
Rod Ladd, whose family owns the building that houses the 4-decade-old Sixth Avenue icon, said crews started stripping the stucco facade Saturday. He said workers will install vinyl siding, painted red. Also coming are insulated glass windows, a picket fence and flower pots. Look for new and improved signage, too.
Southern Kitchen's interior was repainted and spiffed up last year.
In other South Sound soul food news, Uncle Thurm said he plans to bust down some walls. He hopes to expand into the space next to his restaurant. Stay tuned.
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I've had chicken-fried steak, collard greens, and mac and cheese at both Southern Kitchen and Uncle Thurm's in the past month. I recommend them all, especially with the onion gravy that smothers Southern Kitchen's CFS.
Southern Kitchen: 1716 6th Ave., Tacoma; 253-627-4282
Uncle Thurm's Finger-Licken Ribs and Chicken: 3709 S G St., Tacoma; 253-475-1881