The Italian eatery and wine bar Cafe Vincero will serve dinner by reservation only Wednesday-Friday. See the email address below for making reservations.
As for an opening to the public, owner Kevin Cornwell hopes Saturday will be the day, but check the restaurant's Facebook page for updates throughout the week.
The restaurant is several months delayed, the result of construction projects needed in the space that previously was a retail storefront that didn't have the infrastructure required of a restaurant. Cornwell, a first-time restaurant owner, completed a daunting to-do list before opening: He added a bathroom, dug out the floor for a grease interceptor, added a venting hood, installed an intricate pizza oven and built storage and office space. Did I mention the wine storage room? He built that, too. His preliminary wine list topped 40 wine selections and he's expecting to add to that.
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The restaurant will seat just under 50 and will cater to all kinds of diners. Cornwell plans morning espresso service in addition to lunch and dinner menus featuring pizza, sandwiches and pastas.
Cafe Vincero's opening is the first of three anticipated near 7th and Pacific Avenue, already home to several dining and entertainment destinations. Coming soon nearby will be Pacific Brewing and Malting, which is expecting an opening this spring at 610 Pacific; as well as Odd Otter Brewing, which is aiming for a summer opening at 716 Pacific. Read more here about both breweries.
Cafe Vincero's Italian menu and wine bar will be something new for downtown, which is home to pizzerias and a chain Italian restaurant, but not an independent Italian all-purpose and wine bar. Downtown Tacoma is seeing a month of dining advancements, as a French bistro also has opened on Pacific Avenue. Read more about Aviateur French Diner here.
Cafe VinceroWhere: 714 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; facebook.com/CafeVinceroReservations for the soft opening Wednesday-Friday can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner will be served from 6-9 p.m. (approximately) and seating is limited to 32.