The cosmetic remodel of iconic Tacoma restaurant Southern Kitchen looks complete.
About a year ago, the inside got a bright new coat of paint. Recently, the exterior was spiffed up with new siding, new windows and new paint.
That old plastic sign that promoted Pepsi as much as it did Southern Kitchen is gone, replaced with a painted wood sign that evokes the restaurant's down-home roots.
Some tables and chairs on the sidewalk add extra curb appeal.
Idling in my car at the intersection of Sixth-Sprague-Division last night, I stared at Southern Kitchen. I remembered that time I was a guest on Tom Douglas' radio show.
Back in November, Douglas wanted to talk about Tacoma restaurants. I didn't.
I watched his mental wheels spin as he thought of Tacoma restaurants.
"Southern Kitchen," he finally said.
As he said it, I visualized slumping siding and sweaty windows -- the impression Southern Kitchen instilled when I encountered the four-decade-old restaurant in 2004.
I did what a person shouldn't do on radio.
I said nothing.
What I'm saying now is this:
Bravo to restaurants that make the efforts to dress up their acts. Appearances matter.
I'm looking forward to my next fix of fried chicken and greens.
Southern Kitchen: 1716 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-627-4282