Got out-of-town relatives/friends/business associates who can pay for their own sixty-dollar steaks? This blog's for you.
El Gaucho, aka, "Tacoma's most elegant restaurant," according to a press release, is offering door-to-door valet van service for diners.
Here's how it works:
Convince your guests to stay at one of El Gaucho's "preferred hotels" -- Hotel Murano, where there's no fine dining; or maybe Courtyard by Marriott (where fine dining is mere steps away, at Pacific Grill), or Silver Cloud, which is a few waterfront blocks away from CI Shenanigans and The Lobster Shop on Ruston Way).
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If your relatives/friends/business associates get the concierges at their hotels to make dinner reservations at El Gaucho, the swanky steakhouse will pick up your relatives/friends/business associates in a valet vehicle and return them to their hotels after they pay for their own sixty-dollar steaks.
"The El Gaucho experience is an unforgettable evening out on the town," general manager Tony Capra said in a press release. "This is a natural extension of our valet service and another way for us to exceed guests' expectations."
Stanley & Seafort's offers a similar service. Unlike El Gaucho, the woman who answered the telephone at Stanley's was more upfront and more than happy to tell me that the restaurant will pick you up from even the Best Western Tacoma Dome or freeway-adjacent La Quinta hotels. (I had to specifically inquire whether El Gaucho dispatches its van to the Best Western and La Quinta. "We service all hotels in the greater Tacoma area," a hostess told me on the telephone.)
On a related customer-service note: If you have reservations about driving away from Fife's Fabulous Firwood -- maybe you've had too much to drink, or maybe you've just had way too much mechanical bull -- the famous roadhouse will call you a cab and watch your your vehicle until you can walk and drive straight again.
"We don't guarantee that your car doesn't get broken into, but we do guarantee that's it on camera," a Fabulous Firwood bartender told me.