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Magnuson Kitchen + Brewery at Point Ruston won’t reopen


Magnuson Kitchen + Brewery will not be reopening at Point Ruston, the restaurant reported in a message. The restaurant and bar featured a menu of pub fare with a taplist heavy on Magnuson brews. The Point Ruston location was an outpost of the Seattle-based brewery.

Magnuson was the third concept to operate in that space in as many years at Point Ruston.

Point Ruston is a retail-residential development on the Tacoma-Ruston waterfront. It features a farflung mix of shops and eateries and is home to Wild Fin American Grill, Stack 571, Mio Sushi, Ice Cream Social and a public market with local and regional vendors. “We are working on that space now and will definitely keep you posted when it’s ready to announce. A handful of permanent restaurants will be opening in the Public Market over the coming months as well,” a Point Ruston representative said via message.

Dial back to December 2017 to when Fish Brewing Pub & Eatery opened in that expansive space that seats about 200 people. The brewery, citing a sharp decline in business, closed in February 2019.

The dining room at Kobrew, which closed in 2019 and reopened as Magnuson.
The bar at Kobrew, which operated briefly at Point Ruston in 2019.

Then came Kobrew, a hybrid brewery and Korean fusion concept, from the owners of Magnuson. Kobrew opened last summer. That lasted a handful of months in 2019. Then, the concept closed, refreshed, and reopened as Magnuson Brewing, an outpost of the Seattle brewery and restaurant of the same name.

I asked for more detail from Magnuson on the closure. I’ll update this post if I get more information. 

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The dining room at Magnuson Kitchen + Brewery.
The bar at Magnuson at Point Ruston.
Magnuson Kitchen + Brewery served its own brew and a menu of pub eats at Point Ruston.

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