Puget Sound Pizza in Tacoma is opening a second location. Here are details
As I told you back in February, Tacoma’s Puget Sound Pizza is expanding.
The Spanaway location of Puget Sound Pizza opens tomorrow (Sept. 2, 2020) at its new home at 124 146th St. S., which used to be home to Gateway Cottage.
The original Puget Sound Pizza location in Tacoma’s St. Helens neighborhood will continue to operate, per usual. The Spanaway location is an addition.
Owner Cory Cannell, along with his brother and father, tore the Spanaway building down to the studs, turning it from a supper house to a pizza parlor over the last 15 months.
“It’s exciting, but this has taken way longer than we thought,” said Cannell. Opening a new restaurant in a pandemic came with its own set of problems: rising costs, months-long permit delays, a two-month mandatory hiatus on all construction.
But they’re finally done and the restaurant is opening this week.
Cannell purchased Tacoma’s Puget Sound Pizza in 2016. That popular St. Helens neighborhood pizza destination has been a favorite pizza-and-karaoke hangout since Jim Higgins opened it in 2004 (Martin Osborn and Shannon Stragier bought the restaurant in 2011, and then sold it to Cannell).
PUGET SOUND PIZZA DELIVERY AND TO-GO ONLY FOR NOW
The Spanaway location will carry the same vibe as the Tacoma location, as well as the same menu of pizza, appetizers and sandwiches.
It has a full bar, but it won’t serve cocktails just yet, and it won’t have dine-in service. That’s because the restaurant will remain to-go only for the time being. Diners only will be able to get take-out and delivery until Pierce County enters Phase 4 at both locations, said Cannell.
As with the Tacoma location, Cannell will offer self delivery with a generous delivery radius of more than five square miles. Residents from Parkland to Spanaway and all the way to Canyon can get Puget Sound Pizza delivered from the Spanaway location.
Diners also can call in their order, or order online and pick up, at the Spanaway location. There will be drinks-to-go, including growler fills and beer cans for sale (but no spirits to go).
PUGET SOUND PIZZA NEW DINING ROOM
Gateway Cottage was built into a converted old home and decorated with artwork from the long-gone Corinthian Studios, where owner Lynda Hogan once worked.
Gateway Cottage was operated by longtime restaurateur Hogan, who founded Tacoma’s Stanley & Seafort’s with husband Walter (they later sold it to Restaurants Unlimited). Gateway Cottage opened about 20 years ago.
Cannell took a big left turn on the interior, replacing the ladies-who-lunch vibe with a pizza parlor atmosphere built for comfort and family-friendly dining.
Cannell also made the dining room much more accessible, especially for those with disabilities, by changing up the seating floor plan.
“We ripped apart the entire building,” said Cannell. “It’s mainly cosmetic stuff. The electrical and plumbing was up to date, but we took everything out. The carpets were old. We painted. We rehabbed everything,” he said. “It needed a lot of help.”
All new flooring was laid throughout the space and the footprint shifted only slightly with the opening up of the lobby area, which now has bench seating for those waiting for their pizzas to go.
“We did redo the whole dining area,” he said. “We changed the seating a lot. We made it a lot more accessible and better use of the space.”
MENU CHANGES AT PUGET SOUND PIZZA
If you notice a slightly different menu, and the disappearance of the roast beef as a pizza topping choice, plus the excising of nachos, some of the sandwiches, and taco pizza from the menu, that’s because of supply problems and exorbitant prices that have plagued restaurants for months (read more here).
Other than axing a few things from the menu that had gotten too expensive to justify keeping on the menu, Cannell has retained Puget Sound Pizza’s original menu: the famous artichoke-chicken-feta Hipster pizza, the spicy pineapple pizza, the triple-layer pepperoni lover’s pizza, the meatball pizza and several other specialty pizzas. And, of course, there’s a build-your-own option and a robust list of appetizers, including cheese balls, pizza bread, garlic bread, wings and boneless wings, plus salads.The meatball sub and Italian grinder also remain on the menu.
Coming later is outdoor dining. Cannell has big plans for the over-sized courtyard in front of the building. His plans require permitting for a cover to be built over the outdoor space, so that won’t happen until next year, most likely.
PUGET SOUND PIZZA
Tacoma: 317 S. Seventh St., Tacoma; 253-383-4777
Spanaway: 124 146th St. S., Tacoma; 253-507-7175
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