From my reporter’s notebook, some odds and ends. Click “more” to read updates about the opening date for The Harmon Taproom, a new café called Amocat (read that backwards) opening on St. Helens, a link to the new Masa menu and an update on the makeover at Capers in Proctor. Also, news on a new Gig Harbor café and a tidbit I learned about the possible reopening of East & West Cafe on Tacoma Mall Boulevard.
The Harmon Taproom, which our business team wrote about here, has announced a grand opening date of Friday, May 14. The taproom will be located in the space formerly occupied by Stadium Bistro. Check details here.
Also on St. Helens, a café has announced its opening at 625 St Helens Ave. The Amocat Café will be serving coffee roasted by Tacoma's Valhalla, according to the café’s Facebook page. If I get more information about an opening date, I’ll report it here. Their Facebook page here.
Capers Take Home in Proctor is now the Capers Café and Take Home. Owner Gwen Hayes reports that she’s redesigned the interior to include cafe seating. She’s serving wine and also has created a menu for sit-down dining. The take-out part of the business is still going strong. She said she has more plans brewing, as well. I’ll keep you posted. More information on Capers here.
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East & West Café on Tacoma Mall Boulevard appears to be closed (TNT Diner readers have emailed me about it this week), but yesterday I spoke with Tam Vuong, who owns and operates East & West Proctor. He told me that Vien Floyd, who owns the Tacoma Mall Boulevard location of East & West, does have plans to reopen. I’ll report more information as I get it.
Masa announced a new menu on its Facebook page yesterday. Take a look at it here. Here's a review of Masa's happy hour that I wrote in February. If you do stop in, order the empanadas. The Masa fries are the messiest, but deliciously good in a three napkin kind of way.
The Red Rooster Café & Collectibles announced it will open June 1 at 3313 Harborview Drive, which formerly housed the cheese café Isa Mira. Read more here.