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Now open in Tacoma: Papa Eddie’s Cajun Cafe

Zach Hill has opened Papa Eddie’s Cajun Cafe near South 56th Street and South Tacoma Way, in the space that formerly held the Edison City Diner. ( I’ll miss the key lime pie.)

Hill has operated his family’s catering business since 2005, but this is the second time he’s operated a restaurant.

His first restaurant, also called Papa Eddie’s, opened on Sixth Avenue in 2009, but he couldn’t attract enough traffic. It closed in 2010, and he switched to a catering-only outfit. Catering is the longtime business for the Hill family. His father Eddie started his catering company in 1970. When he died in 2005, his son took over.

Zach Hill’s first Papa Eddie’s cafe focused on barbecue with a secondary emphasis on Cajun and Southern food from his family’s native Mississippi. His current menu offers only Cajun and Southern food because he doesn’t yet have a barbecue smoker. (He’s working to get one.)

Hill said his menu includes gumbo, macaroni and cheese, red beans and rice, and collard greens — and he’s about to add a po’boy sandwich. He also offers cornmeal-breaded cod and swai (Vietnamese catfish). Fried chicken comes with a choice of two sides. Also find a sandwich and wrap menu, as well as a breakfast menu.