Classics Cafe began operating during the inaugural weekend at the LeMay Museum, the opening of which you've probably heard about unless you live under a rock. The museum cafe is the project of Gordon Naccarato, owner of the Pacific Grill restaurant in downtown Tacoma and Pacific Grill Events & Catering. Naccarato and crew have been busy getting the cafe operating and diners can expect a roll-out of the cafe's full menu over the next month.
For now, cold sandwiches, soup and salad, a Nathan's Famous dog and a warm pulled pork sandwich comprise the opening menu. As more kitchen equipment arrives - that will take a few weeks, said Naccarato by email - expect to see more hearty menu items, like Pacific Grill's cheeseburger sliders and fries (which I have written about. A lot). Naccarato said he is hoping to add Pacific Grill bar menu favorites, such as the chicken wings, hummus and charcuterie. Here's something cool: A cold fried chicken sandwich may be on the menu.
The cafe is located inside the museum and can be accessed without paying museum admission. I've heard from newsroom staffers that the view of Tacoma from the cafe is pretty amazing - which is why I'll be adding the Classics Cafe to my "affordable dining with a view" list. I'll report more details after the cafe is fully operating.