Japanese restaurant to open in theater complex at Tacoma’s Point Ruston

A Portland-based Japanese restaurant enterprise, Mio Sushi, will establish its sixth Washington location next spring in Tacoma’s Point Ruston waterfront development.

The restaurant will be the third eatery in the billion-dollar, mixed-use village being constructed on the former site of the Asarco copper smelter. Mio Sushi will be adjacent to a nine-screen Century Theaters multiplex scheduled to open in May. The theater complex along with apartments, condominiums, a parking garage and an included retail marketplace are now under construction at the site on Ruston Way near Point Defiance Park.

The complex’s developer recently announced that WildFin American Grill will also open next spring near the theater.

One restaurant, the Two Town Pub and Cafe, opened earlier this year on the ground floor of Point Ruston’s first major building, the Copperline Apartments.

Loren Cohen, Point Ruston legal advisor, said that while the Point Ruston location will be Mio Sushi’s 17th, the restaurant isn’t a formula chain operation.

“They’re family-owned,” said Cohen. “Every restaurant of theirs is different,” he said. Mio Sushi began two decades ago with a restaurant in a Victorian house along Portland’s 23rd Street retail corridor.

Cohen said Point Ruston eventually will house seven or eight restaurants. A fourth restaurant operation has signed a letter of intent to lease another space in the theater complex. Cohen said he hopes to be able to announce that tenant soon. Another full service restaurant is planned for the Silver Cloud Hotel which will be built across the development’s central plaza from the theater complex.

“We want to become an extension of Tacoma’s Ruston restaurant row where people can gather to dine along the waterfront,” said Cohen.

The second phase of the Point Ruston project will include 95 apartments and 43 condominiums built in close proximity to the theater and plaza. Cohen said Point Ruston has pre-sale commitments for 20 of those condominiums. Those residences are scheduled to open next summer.

Meanwhile, the parking garage construction has begun across the street from the theater. That complex will include parking for the theater and the restaurants and 80,000 square feet of retail. About 25 percent of that retail space is now committed to tenants, he said. A grocery store will ultimately be built on the garage’s top floor which be level with the surrounding sloping land on the site.