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Point Ruston signs 3 more restaurants, bringing its total to 6

Point Ruston, the big waterfront commercial and residential development near Point Defiance, on Monday announced three new restaurant tenants.

The announcement raises the number of restaurants slated for the site of the former Asarco copper smelter to six.

Loren Cohen, legal adviser to the $1.2 billion development, said the new restaurants will complement the Century Theater complex slated for opening in early fall. The Texas-based movie chain is opening a 9-screen theater in the development.

The new restaurants include a variety of cuisines.

Vera’s Burger Shack, a nearly 50-year-old restaurant chain based in Vancouver, B.C., will open its first United States location at Point Ruston, said Cohen.

Vera’s, which offers burgers from lamb and chicken to veggie and traditional beef, has won awards for “Vancouver’s Best Burgers” from the Best of City Dining for 12 years in a row.

The second new restaurant, the Jewel Box Cafe, has an established restaurant in Seattle’s Northgate Shopping Center. Cohen said the owners plan dramatic high-end decor. Among other items, the restaurant specializes in crepes and bubble tea.

The third new tenant is the Dulce Si Italian Bakery and Cafe. Its Olympia owners plan to create Italian baked goods and meals from family Italian recipes, said Cohen. They will also serve freshly made gelato.

Three other restaurants were previously announced for the development.

Two Town Cafe has been serving customers for months in the development’s Copperline building. Two other restaurants are slated for the Century building. Wild Fin American Grill is the largest of the six restaurants, serving fish from a 6,000-square-foot restaurant that will open on the development’s central plaza. Mio Sushi, a Portland-based Japanese eatery, will bring its food to the Puget Sound area for the first time at Point Ruston.

In other developments at Point Ruston, some 80 percent of the 43 condominiums in the Century building have commitments from potential owners. And more than 200 persons showed up last week for a preview of the 93 apartments in that building, said Cohen.

Meanwhile, Point Ruston and the Town of Ruston seem to have settled their differences over permitting for structures within the town.

The Point Ruston site is partly in Tacoma, partly in Ruston.

The town has granted Point Ruston permits, for instance, to proceed on construction of an 1,100-car parking garage and has given the developer permits for other construction projects surrounding the central plaza, Ruston City Councilman Lyle Hardin said.

“Things are now functioning seamlessly between us and Ruston,” Cohen said.

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