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Blue Octopus in Tacoma’s Proctor neighborhood closing

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It’s the end of the run for Blue Octopus, a champagne and sparkling wine bar in the Proctor neighborhood on Tacoma. Kerry Cole intends to close her wine cafe at the end of this month, so there’s just a few days left to grab a champagne cocktail and a nibble.

Cole opened her cafe in its latest incarnation in September 2018. That move was following the wine cafe’s closure at Point Ruston. It operated in that two-story space – with a peek-a-boo view of the Ruston waterway – from February 2017 to June 2018.

The wine bar grew out of a paint-and-sip style business run by Cole for a decade. The art business has had multiple locations in downtown Tacoma and Ruston over the years. Cole greatly expanded the wine side of her menu when she moved the business to Ruston.

Cole is an artist and a wine enthusiast with a cheeky kick of humor. Her cocktails came with playful spins on art, such as her nod to artist Gustav Klimt. His namesake cocktail came with a rim sparkling with gold dust, which was a nod to his famous gilded painting, “The Kiss.” Because this is Tacoma, of course there was a decent selection of beer, a cham-bong on the menu and also a mimosa dedicated to the Seahawks.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Cole named a cocktail after “The Nose,” the long-gone News Tribune column known for poking fun at Tacomans. She was amused-slash-playfully-annoyed when “The Nose” poked at her for having the audacity to open a champagne bar in Tacoma. I’m totally on Cole’s side with her annoyance with “The Nose,” but I’m not annoyed enough to divulge the identity of “The Nose” columnist. My lips are sealed.

I appreciated Cole’s habit of dressing her champagne cocktails with fresh herbs. She would sink fresh sprigs of thyme, rosemary and occasionally something more exotic deep into the glass. Her cheese plate was one of the region’s prettiest, and tastiest.

Cole announced she will be liquidating her stock. “Come by for a bottle to go, shop around for flash sale deals (get that chambong you’ve always wanted!) Buy a wine barrel, rack, tables chairs- it’s all gotta go,” she announced to her followers.

Cole cited in her Facebook post that her need to focus on her family was the reason for the closure. “Business has been great- I’m not sorry to prioritize family, but honestly thought we could have both. Other plans are obviously in motion. I love you all- I will miss you and our cozy little spot. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so supportive over these last 10 years.”

THE BLUE OCTOPUS CHAMPAGNE BAR
Where: 3820 N. 27th St, Tacoma
Info: 253-301-0877 or theblueoctopus.com

To find out what members of Where to Dine Pierce County think about the closure, join our Facebook group! Fine it at facebook.com/groups/wheretodinepiercecounty

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