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Point Defiance Tap & Grill: A Northwest Centric Pub-Meets-Bistro
A new restaurant is in the works for Ruston. The corner unit at North 51st and Pearl, across from the Antique Sandwich Company, has sat empty for quite a while now, but soon its doors will open as a new Northwest-focused Point Defiance Tap and Grill.
Owner Bill Bonnie has been operating Stadium Wine Merchants and Enoteca Wine Bar on Tacoma Avenue in the Stadium District for more than a decade now, and it's one of our favorite places to sip a glass of wine or grab just the right bottle to take to a dinner party.
Bill really knows his stuff when it comes to wine and food, so we're really looking forward to getting a taste of what he does with the larger space and full kitchen at the Tap and Grill. He describes his latest venture as "northwest centric upscale pub meets bistro."
The former antique store has been converted into a a more spacious restaurant space with a bar and full kitchen. Bill's partner Donn Frostad of North Slope Construction renovated the space, including the copper-topped tables, which give a nod to Ruston's history.
The focus on local continues with locally-sourced, seasonal dishes. You can expect sandwiches and grass fed beef burgers on the lunch menu, with larger entrees featuring items like salmon and duck on the dinner menu. There will also be small plates including cheese and charcuterie boards.
Heritage Meats will supply local meats for the restaurant, and Calendula Farms will be featured on the menu as well as produce from local farms.
The wine and beer list will feature the best of Washington and Oregon, hand-picked by Bill. You won't find a California red or chard here, but we're betting you will find new Pacific Northwest favorites. And of course there will be great local beers for you beer lovers, as well.
Bill expects to open the Tap and Grill late this month or early in November; he will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on weeknights, and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. We're excited.
If all this talk of wine has you thirsty too, you can stop by Enoteca for a glass while we wait for the opening.
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