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Tacoma’s Allenmore Golf Course to get new restaurant this summer

The Allenmore golf course clubhouse will be home to Urban Elk, a restaurant that will serve lunch and dinner daily.
The Allenmore golf course clubhouse will be home to Urban Elk, a restaurant that will serve lunch and dinner daily. skidd@thenewstribune.com

A new restaurant called Urban Elk is expected to open in late June at the Allenmore Golf Course in Tacoma.

The restaurant, which will be open to the public, will serve lunch and dinner daily, and breakfast through the summer.

The restaurant is from Giuseppe “Joe” Nappo, who restaurant watchers will know from established restaurants The Cliff House in Northeast Tacoma; Al Lago in Lake Tapps and Verrazano’s in Federal Way. Nappo also previously owned three other restaurants in Tacoma, Auburn and Federal Way.

This will be Nappo’s second golf course restaurant. He operated Copper Falls for seven years at a golf course owned by the city of Auburn, but closed that restaurant in 2015.

Smoke + Cedar opened in March 2014 at the Allenmore location, which is owned by the Tacoma Elks Lodge No. 174, but that restaurant closed in October 2015. Owner Gordon Naccarato and lodge leadership did not discuss the reasons for the closure because of a nondisclosure agreement.

Before Smoke + Cedar opened, Nappo previously had bid for the Allenmore golf course restaurant and banquet space. Nappo said he couldn’t make the terms work then, but the latest round of negotiations with the Elks Lodge were more to his liking.

The restaurant will be another family project. Son-in-law George Filiss and wife Bianca, Nappo’s daughter, are business partners.

Nappo said the dining room is turnkey and he plans no decor or footprint changes. The restaurant’s decor was created by Seattle design firm McVey Oakley Design Studio, which also designed Pacific Grill in downtown Tacoma, another Naccarato business.

The Allenmore restaurant space features an L-shaped dining room with a bar near the entry. A patio offers a view of the course, as do most seats in the restaurant.

Nappo plans a restaurant with table service and a menu that changes from lunch to dinner. The restaurant’s food theme will be affordable American classics, he said. “It’s going to be great quality for the price. That’s very important to Tacoma.” Nappo described the food as “Home cooking, family style, familiar foods, all homemade, as we do in our other restaurants.”

Lunch will start around $8, with a menu of sandwiches, casual entrees and a few heartier entrees, such as fish and chips. At dinner, prices will go higher, but the bulk of the menu will stay under $20, said Nappo. Dinner entrees will include grilled fish and at least one steak, among many other offerings.

He described themed dinners featuring Mexican, regional American and his family’s specialty, Italian pasta.

Happy hour will be offered in the bar, along with a full cocktail, beer and wine menu. He expects to serve breakfast daily this summer, but isn’t sure whether he’ll continue breakfast service after the summer season when golfers disappear along with the good weather.

A downstairs take-out window will feature food at a lower price point, although heartier items from the restaurant’s upstairs menu also will be served. Nappo expects inexpensive hot dogs, burgers and fish and chips will be popular items for golfers on the go.

Urban Elk

Location: 2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma.

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