Point Ruston's first restaurant has opened. Two Town Pub and Café is a full-service pub and restaurant in the Copperline Apartment Building. Here's a first glance, and menus.
Atmosphere: Suitable for adults and families. It's sure to be a pre-movie destination after the 11-screen Century Theater opens next door in 2015. High ceilings and concrete floors bounced the noise some - beware if you're sensitive to background noise. The interior is just what you'd expect from a restaurant on the ground floor of a retail-residential development. Call it "airy pub casual" - wood tables, exposed brick, tall windows that let in plenty of light. The restaurant is named for the two towns that intersect nearby - Tacoma and Ruston. It's owned by Mu Song, who also owns Olympia's Pints and Quarts.
Views: Despite its home in a development with sweeping views of water and mountains, the restaurant is not well positioned for those views. The restaurant faces the parking lot. A patio table will give diners a sliver view of the water, but the view is partially blocked by adjacent buildings under construction.
Seating: The dining room is configured for parties large and small. Six-top tables are right next to the front door. Family-friendly seating is available. Outside, there's a small patio with comfortably spaced tables. The building's patio area is large, but it appears half the patio belongs to the neighboring business, a plastic surgery office.
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Menu: Casual pub fare with sandwiches ($9-$13), burgers ($11-$13) and a few entrees ($14-$15). There's also a menu for children. See menus below. I didn't get a chance to look at the tap list, but I'll report more after I do.
Tip: More restaurants are expected at the development, which just began its second phase of construction. Read this story by TNT business reporter John Gillie for more details on the project.
Two Town Pub and CaféWhere: 5005 Main St., Tacoma; 253-212-9477 or facebook.com/twotownpubServing: Lunch and dinner daily.