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What Type of Restaurant Does Downtown Need?

With the closing of Red Rooster Cafe, what do you think should go in that space?

I hate to see any small business fold, regardless of the circumstances.  But as it appears that there will be a vacancy where the Red Rooster Cafe was, what type of restaurant do you think would thrive there?

On my last blog post "Another Gig Harbor Restaurant Closes" regarding the closing of Reflections at the Airport, Bob made an excellent comment that Reflections could move to the Red Rooster Cafe location.  This started me thinking about other possibilities.

What kind of restaurant would you like to see open up there?  Or do we already have too many restaurants downtown?  What is your vision for that space?

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Reaganart January 07, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Jack in the Box.
Jerry January 07, 2013 at 11:53 PM
One might need to confirm, but I believe the challenge with the Red Rooster location is the city permitting a grease trap. Without one, cooking is very limited.
Akiko Oda January 08, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Good point. From my knowledge, the restaurants in the Millville District are not allowed to have a grill or deep fryers.
Reaganart January 08, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Well, so much for Jack... That pretty much explains the limited menu that Jamie was able to provide. Maybe another beer and pizza joint... Or ANOTHER hair salon. Or ANOTHER nail...I am repeating myself. Probably easier to just renew R.R.'s lease.
Harborite January 08, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Downtown doesn't need another restaurant...it needs a decent grocery store.
Simone Cannon January 09, 2013 at 02:03 AM
yikes! no!
Simone Cannon January 09, 2013 at 02:06 AM
how about a specialized food store? one that carries spices and hard-to-find ingredients from asia, north africa, south america, the middle east, etc?
E. M. January 09, 2013 at 02:23 AM
An Olive Garden would be great. We are sorely missing a restaurant like Olive Garden.
Janey Herrera January 09, 2013 at 03:41 AM
A restaurant that has soups and a huge salad and fruit bar.
Michelle Smith January 09, 2013 at 05:42 AM
A grocery store is a great idea and one that has specialized food? Even better!
Michelle Smith January 09, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I'm thinking something like Serious Pie http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=serious-pie (but without the seriously high downtown Seattle prices!) I haven't been here but have heard from several people that it is fantastic. The Yukon Gold potato pizza is supposed to be really good but I can't imagine what it's like. The other limitation for this location, besides the grill/fryer issue, is the hours. Can only be open until 9pm. At least they can serve beer and wine there now.
Timothy Carter January 14, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Yeah, Serious Pie is epic pizza eats for sure, but Gig Harbor has enough pizza. Maybe some good Hawaiian food? But geez...only 9pm?
Michelle Smith January 16, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Yes, 9pm. And it was limited to only being open until 7pm until about a year and a half ago, shortly after RR opened there. http://gigharbor.patch.com/blog_posts/give-millville-restaurants-more-options There are some serious restrictions on that location that really limit the options. But I like your idea of Hawaiian food. That would be a place I would love to try!
Karen Monson May 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
A great breakfast/lunch place. Something like Oak Table in Sequim and Kingston. They have a booming business due to a great menu with amazing breakfast dishes, such as apple pancakes, awesome coffee, perfect bacon, crepes, german pancakes, waffles, great lunches also. They are open from early a.m. to 3 or so in the afternoon I believe. We really need a great breakfast place.
Michelle Smith May 17, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Hi Karen! I agree completely. A good breakfast is what we need around here. The options are thin. The new place that opened up in the location, Netshed No. 9, might be along the lines of the place you mention. It's definitely not your average breakfast food! I haven't gone there enough yet to decide what I think of it (personal rule of at least 3 visits before deciding) but I've enjoyed it so far. Have you been there and is it something like Oak Table? I haven't been to Oak Table but will next time I am in that area.
Karen Monson May 22, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Hi Michelle, Haven't been to the Netshed, but I'll give it a try. The oak table is a very unique breakfast/lunch place, here's the menu, http://www.oaktablecafe.com/OakTableMenuSEQ.pdf. If you order the apple pancake, they ring a loud bell when it's done, it drapes over the plate and is about 5 inches high, you can get one, eat some and take the rest home or order it for more than one person, my adult son loves it. The service is very friendly, with the waiter/waiteresses coming by and talking, joking around, and remembering what you like. If you go, tell John that I said hi, and be sure to ask him about the rooster that lives in his house:) Haven't been to the one in Kingston yet, but the one is Sequim is the best!

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