As I note in today's GOEAT "first bite" report, The Pita Pit is open until 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. But the immediate future of nightowl noshing in downtown Tacoma may depend on bars.
"I don't think that 3 a.m. will work here," said Rick Weiler, franchise owner of The Pita Pit, opened at 921 Pacific Ave. (at 10th Street) on Oct 5.
Before deciding to continue the late hours, Weiler said he wants to see what kind of post-closing-time traffic comes The Pita Pit's way from two upcoming downtown Tacoma bar/restaurants: The Matador (Pacific/8th) and Paddy Coyne's (Pacific/9th). Both are under construction.
"The corporate headquaters thinks it will work," said Weiler, who said he has "nothing in writing" with the Canadian chain regarding operating hours. "They see it as the kind of a thing where people get of the bars and grab a pita. I don't think this is the right location for that."
Where is the right location for 3 a.m. hours?
"I'm considering up the college, up by UPS," Weiler said. "That one would probably do real well at 3 a.m."
Over by the University of Puget Sound (and Hell's Kitchen) on Sixth Avenue, DelBrocco's, a cheesesteak and pizza joint, flirted with 3 a.m. weekend hours.
Farther up Pacific Avenue from The Pita Pit, Twokoi (also featured in today's GOEAT "first bite" report) is planning to stay open until 2 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.
El Gaucho does dinner until 1 a.m.
Of course, there are 24-hour casinos, truckstops, Rib Eye's and Shari's, and at least one pho joint that's open until 4 a.m.
Which raises today's Simmering Question:
Which restaurants do you seek out after most other places have closed -- and what do you order at all hours of the night?
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UPDATE, OCT. 27: According to a poll by Denny's, more than 80 percent of respondents dine out between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Fifty-eighy percent prefer to satisfy their hunger in a sit-down restaurant over a fast-food drive thru. A majority of late-night eaters surveyed wanted "standard American fare": hamburgers, cheeseburgers chicken strips and fries. Seventy percent confessed to less conventional cravings between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., such as fried tofu, turkey burgers, Thai duck, chocolate scones and goat's milk. Savory food items declared victory over sweet dishes, with 67 percent of respondents choosing sandwiches and dinner entrees, while 6 percent choose desserts. Forty-seven percent of the respondents were over 50 years old . Only 30 percent were completing a night of merry-making.