Tacoma Urbanist

Apr. 16, 2008 at 12:03am

Maxwell's Restaurant to Open Soon in the Walker

(Note the web page identifies Maxwells as a "speakeasy," an issue of some contention for awhile.)

The Walker Building has a restaurant Maxwells below that is ramping up big time to open.

From the looks of, they look very serious about becoming successful.  All laid out well and a full kitchen.

This is a great spot for a restaurant with a corner space in the Walker Building and alot of glass offering a good vantage point for patrons to view much of downtown.  The restaurant is nearly two stories with windows up high.  An incredible space.

The former location of Embellish Salon.

I had to take a couple of picture through a dirty window.  However, they still show alot.  Click on them for supersized views.










Please post if you have have additional information about the opening.

Here is Spew's take on it (in part)

Maxwell’s will offer a comfortable, warm and elegant ambiance with plenty of booths and the type of atmosphere that makes the entire establishment feel like a lounge. Every accent will have an art deco feel with music playing that will match this genre.

This space is approximately 4,000 square feet, and there will be a 50/50 split between the restaurant and the bar.

In terms of food, you’ll be able to sink your teeth into inexpensive Northwest, fresh, provincial and comfort food. Think traditional mac and cheese, seafood, chicken pot pie and osso buco. Executive Chef Coloney has had the utmost latitude and creativity in the final development of this menu, and I can’t wait to see what he comes out with, which will rotate seasonally.

Additional Commentary

Hopefully, Maxwells will be a success and repair and restore a critical part of the urban fabric in downtown Tacoma in a lively way.

There is still a ton of room for good restaurants in Tacoma.  One only need to take a trip down by the Mall area to see one corporate grease pit after another selling high volumes of surprising expensive and deep friend food.

In fact, despite its gains and successes, downtown is still only selling a small fraction of the meals and other retail items in the city.

I am looking forward to the time when downtown Tacoma itself is considered the destination for activity than any specific place and there are enough options available that one knows that they will find something worth while doing.


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Comments

by Gorman on 4/16/2008 @ 10:36am
What I heard today is that there is a private pre-grand opening Friday. Then, the public grand opening is set for Monday.

by Erik on 4/16/2008 @ 10:38am
What I heard today is that there is a private pre-grand opening Friday. Then, the public grand opening is set for Monday.

That will require some fast work. There looks to be still alot to do.

It is certainly jammed with people working on it.

by CA on 4/16/2008 @ 11:19am
"That will require some fast work. There looks to be still alot to do."

Agreed! From all the pictures Ive seen it looks like they've got lots more work to do. But its looking good and Im excited.

by Erik on 4/16/2008 @ 11:48am
Agreed! From all the pictures Ive seen it looks like they've got lots more work to do. But its looking good and I'm excited.

I am pretty impressed with the intensity there. So many times, I see press releases issued on a new development downtown followed by a big Tribune article and then nothing happens at a site month after month.

Then a maintenance worker will show up and leave and we are all left to conclude after a year or so: I guess they gave up on it.

by Erik on 4/18/2008 @ 10:28pm
I drove by Maxwells tonight. The place was completely packed. Nice to see some life in this area of town after 5:30 p.m.

Pictures from their first pre-opening day: