Restaurant at Tacoma Narrows Airport Closes

Reflections at the Airport ended its 15-month tenure at Tacoma Narrows Airport near Gig Harbor this week.

Over the last 50 years, the Tacoma Narrows Airport has seen its share of restaurants come and go, with Reflections at the Airport the latest casualty.

The restaurant's general manager, Tim Bruhn, told the Tacoma News Tribune that the location could have been Reflections' undoing. Situated on a one-way street, and invisibile from main arterials made the business dependent on traffic at the airport, which handles private and corporate flights. 

The restaurant space is owned by Pierce County and the landlords will be looking for a new restaurant tenant soon. 

What kind of restaurant do you think would be successful enough to stick around at the Tacoma Narrows Airport? Tell us in the comments. 

Lauren Padgett (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 06:15 PM
A Facebook reader had this to say about Reflections: "I worked at 2 different restaurants there about 10 years ago and it just isn't in a highly populated enough spot to generate business. It's too bad because it's a nice place and fun to watch the airplanes, but just doesn't produce enough of a profit!"
Steve Johnson January 16, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Every restaurant that has been in this location has failed. Put in a great country style breakfast and lunch concept. Big on quality and portions - do not open for dinner and you may have something. Gig Harbor needs a quality breakfast house like the old Harbor Rock Cafe
Venture72 January 16, 2013 at 06:37 PM
I liked the food there, but out of sight out of mind & I often forgot it was back there.
Small business owner Gig Harbor January 16, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Oh no, this is sad. I hate that Gig Harbor is loosing so many good places do to our economy.
Swittenb January 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM
I agree with Steve. Stick to a good basic breakfast and lunch and close for dinners. Skip the buffets. We'd go but Sundays always seem to be buffets. Have to go to Bremerton for a decent breakfast now.
Andrea Vernot January 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Many local and municipal airports have thriving, successful restaurants. From casual diners and ethnic cafes to white table cloth dining destinations. I'm working on a new TV food/travel project called Air Fare America (on Twitter & Facebook). Keep me posted on Tacoma Narrows - it's a great spot and could be successful. Some airports have signed deals w/food truck operators to have temp bricks/mortar locale (Red Truck on the Runway Tahoe) - Thanks.
Forrest Adams January 17, 2013 at 02:48 PM
I'm with you Steve!! Meet you there for breakfast!!
Sherry Marshall January 17, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I like the breakfast and lunch concept. Would help if they had some signage allowed at the intersection leading to the airport. We forget they exist!
Theresa Murphy January 17, 2013 at 07:35 PM
The Inn at Gig Harbor has great breakfast, and lunch and dinner too.
Melissa January 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I didn't know there was a restaurant there and I've lived here 8 years. Advertising... we can't come eat if we don't know you exist.
Gig Harbor foodie January 19, 2013 at 11:07 PM
It was inconsistent food, small portions and high prices. For the airport to thrive, however- whoever steps in must up their game- create a 'destination' airport to increase profit for all. There was a sign at the end of the road but it didn't stand out- thus why no one saw it. I agree- breakfast and lunch, a good marketing team, and possible small venue for evening events (i.e. gala auction, etc.). And lose the bar- waste of space. My two cents!


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