Savor Creperie plans to open this Thursday. Expect a casual eatery with prices solidly under $10. The menu will list a dozen each of savory and sweet crepes, a short list of crepe scrambles and liege waffles.
While the doors won't officially open until Thursday, the restaurant has been open by invitation since Friday, when owner Tom Vigue hosted a tasting part for 35 invited guests. Earlier today, workers were turning away curious passers-by, saying they were only serving by invitation today. A display window showed a busy kitchen inside with line cooks dressed in chef whites and toques. Staff workers were outfitted in formal attire, complete with pastel ties against white dress shirts.
Vigue is a fairly recent Tacoma transplant. Most of his career in the restaurant trade was spent in private catering and corporate chef positions in hotels and senior communities. He previously operated Chef Appeal, a catering outfit in Richmond, Va.
His crepes will mirror those he encountered while touring Europe in 2011. He'll use a wheat-based batter for thin pancakes stuffed with savory or sweet ingredients. Expect a broad range of flavor combinations, from a butternut squash crepe to traditional ham and gruyere, as well as sweet crepes like Nutella, mixed berry with ginger mascarpone and lemon. The cafe will be much like those found in Vancouver, B.C. Walk-in diners can order at the counter and find a table. Crepes are made to order.
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Savor Tacoma CreperieWhere: 1916 Pacific Ave., TacomaOpening: Thursday April 18On the horizon: Two more restaurants are expected to open near University of Washington Tacoma. Watch for a frozen yogurt restaurant and a pho restaurant before summer.