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Montamara Kitchen in Tacoma’s Old Town neighborhood has closed

Montamara Kitchen

By now, brunch fiends likely have discovered that Montamara Kitchen in Tacoma’s Old Town neighborhood has closed. The closure was not an easy decision for owner PJ Rutledge. Rutledge said she had intended to close the restaurant December 1, but instead closed November 11.

“It’s been hard to hear people’s disappointment, but at the same time, people don’t realize what it takes to operate,” said Rutledge, who opened Montamara Kitchen in 2015. “It’s been a hell of a ride.” 

Her breakfast-and-lunch cafe earned a place in my heavy rotation because of its solid poached eggs, silky gravy and fluffy drop biscuits. Their churro-themed waffle was the stuff of legend in the local breakfast circuit. 

The restaurant’s closure is due to a loss of the lease and the expense of modifying the space, she said. 

“Unfortunately, our lease will be ending in January and it’s just not possible to continue in the current location due to the impossibility of what this space would require to keep on going here,” Rutledge wrote in her announcement to her followers. “We have been bursting at the seams for some time (as many of you know) and the building and space require upgrades that no amount of math makes sense to do. At this time, we have not made a decision on moving to another location.” 

The restaurant’s future is uncertain. “If there were somehow an angel investor out there in love enough to see Montamara keep going I would be happy to sit down,” she said. “Right now, I’m happily retired.”