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Fish and chips by summer? Fish Fish Fish and Steamers still under construction in Tacoma

Fish Fish Fish is opening in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood.
Fish Fish Fish is opening in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood. skidd@thenewstribune.com

Yes, we’re short on fish and chips in a region with such excellent proximity to water. But here’s good news. Progress is being made, although slowly, on two fish and chips restaurants. Here’s what’s happening:

FISH FISH FISH CLOSER TO OPENING

It’s the final stretch of permitting for Fish Fish Fish (*and chips). That’s the Sixth Avenue fish and chips restaurant from Steve Naccarato and Robert Stocker, who also own Shake Shake Shake, the retro-themed burger restaurant in the Stadium neighborhood.

They’ll operate the restaurant at 3018 Sixth Ave. with Stocker’s sister, Suzanne Roberson.

Naccarato said he anticipates an early summer opening, contingent on permits, for the fast-food style restaurant that will serve, you guessed it, a whole lot of fish.

They’re planning a menu with a variety of fish and chip preparations. Naccarato listed catfish, cod and halibut dunked in British style, cornmeal or panko breading (among other possible breadings and batters). There also will be fish tacos, house-made chowder and Caesar salad.

Expect a decor that echoes the aqua blue and electric orange motif at Shake Shake Shake, which is outfitted with retro bowling chairs from the old Elks bowling alley.

And here’s what’s next for Stocker and Naccarato: a retro-themed cocktail lounge called The Boom Boom Room, which will be next door to Fish Fish Fish. They’re working on that space now at 3016 Sixth Ave. with Lakewood architect Dan Kinkella.

STEAMERS REOPENING STILL UNDERWAY

Oh, the damage an errant pipe fitting can do. Back in early December, a pipe fitting failed in the middle of the night at Steamers Seafood Cafe, a fish and chips restaurant at Titlow Beach.

Overnight, the dining room was flooded, resulting in extensive damage that required a closure. At first, the restaurant owners thought the damage would be easier to fix and anticipated a one- to two-month closure. That closure is now well beyond four months.

Finally, some good news last week. “We have been waiting on permits from the city,” company spokeswoman Katie Wilkinson said. Those permits have now been issued. “Restoration is underway,” she added.

She anticipates an early June reopening. For an update, go to facebook.com/SteamersSeafoodCafe.

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