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German Beer Hall Coming to Stadium District
"There's no shortage of great old buildings in Tacoma ... it feels like Tacoma is ready to blow up and when you see the beautiful bones of those old buildings in downtown Tacoma, it just seems ready. The more time I spend down there, the more I find to like about it.”
That's from a Seattle restaurant owner quoted in The News Tribune talking about the new German-style beer hall he plans to open in the 13,000 square-foot, wedge-shaped space in a building in the Stadium District.
Historically, from 1884 to 1924, the location was home to the large wood-frame American Gothic styled original Annie Wright Seminary. The building that replaced that structure has been home to Titus Will automobile service center for years, with Stadium Thriftway in the other half, and Premier Collision downstairs. The auto-related businesses have been transitioning out of the building, making room for more foot-traffic-friendly uses - like a beer hall.
It's part of a larger vision for the Stadium neighborhood that includes a multi-story project on what are now a couple of parking lots across the street from the Thriftway building. Last we heard those open were being shopped around for mixed-use and/or retail development. Documents we saw last year showed the space now leased to be the Rhein Haus with a patio in a prominent location on the corner facing Wright Park and the intersection where 1st and Division split (see image at left).
The plans may have changed a little since then, but at that point they said that leasing the building was phase one, to be followed by the development of those parking lots.
The Rhein Haus Tacoma beer hall will mirror the Seattle location by the same name - the TNT refers to it as a "Bavarian-themed restaurant and bocce emporium" - making sausages, buns, and pretzels, and brewing beer on-site.
Those Rhein Haus beers will be primarily lagers and pilsners, but the owners plan to feature other local brewers, as well as some German and Austrian beers on tap. They also plan to offer patrons five bocce courts, two bars, and a full menu - and a large patio facing the park.
Like the North 26th and Alder restaurant also in the works, also from a Seattle developer we wrote about yesterday, the beer hall space will require substantial remodeling, and won't be open before 2016 - probably sometime next summer.
It sounds like the Rhein Haus will be making our dreams for more outdoor dining space in the Stadium neighborhood come true - plus bocce and beer? We can't wait.
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