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Feb. 1, 2010 at 7:07am

A Little Less Teriyaki

Kobe Teriyaki on 6th Ave just across from the beloved Red Hot is closed. Dark windows last Monday night clued me in but the "Available" sign is a dead giveaway for this standalone restaurant. Since we all know how much teriyaki and Tacoma go together it's sad to see a piece of that identity shuttered.

I suppose one man's trash is another's treasure, though, as this spot has a decent amount of off-street parking associated with it and is right in the heart of the most active/hip/happening part of 6th Ave.

So what would you like to see go in there?

comments [26]  |  posted under closed, food, restaurant, tacoma, teriyaki


by fredo on 2/1/2010 @ 7:27am
Sorry for this news, but thanks for keeping us abreast of 6th Ave developments. Businesses would stand a better chance of succeeding in Tacoma if our B&O rates and licensing requirements were relaxed.

The businesses which seem to do the best along that strip are Check Cashing, Payday loans, tattoo, 2nd hand anything, dog assessories, dog grooming, dog babysitting.

But because of the layout of the vacant space I think you will see another food operation. Teriyaki, Pizza, Bento, or Sushi.

by KevinFreitas on 2/1/2010 @ 7:36am
"The businesses which seem to do the best along that strip..."

But I would've said the very same thing about teriyaki. That's usually one that seems to stick around!

I've heard many folks wanting a Middle Eastern place here in town. Could this spot work?

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/1/2010 @ 7:36am
I remember when that building was constructed and initially opened as a soul food place called Winchell's Donuts.

by jenyum on 2/1/2010 @ 7:37am
I know it's pretty ubiquitous around here, but I'd love to see pho in that spot. There isn't any between Pho Linh on 30th & Pearl and Pho Bac on the Hilltop.

by fredo on 2/1/2010 @ 7:58am
Jen, I like Pho-that's a great idea. While the teachers are eating at Asado and the Primo Grill the rest of us can enjoy some noodle soup.

by ixia on 2/1/2010 @ 8:25am
One payday loan has turned into a taco place, the other one is now Garlic Jim's pizza. I would absolutely love a Lebanese restaurant, or Turkish.

by Altered Chords on 2/1/2010 @ 8:47am
This town need a Lithuanian restaurant!

by Erik on 2/1/2010 @ 9:33am
I never went in there. Lot's of opportunity though.

I think a Taco place is going in where the pay day loan place used to be. Tacoma doesn't really allow street food to be sold so this is as close to it as they could come.

by L.S.Erhardt on 2/1/2010 @ 10:10am
You know, I don't care for teriyaki. Sucks to see a small business go T/U.
But I'd be game for like Persian or Moroccan.

Just please, please, please not another bail bonds.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/1/2010 @ 10:14am
Bring Donuts back to Tacoma's neighborhood business districts!
---MFTH, Chairman, Tacoma Donut.

by morgan on 2/1/2010 @ 10:20am
Very sad. 6th Ave is looking pretty vacant these days. I hope it doesn't revert to what it was before the boom - that was not pretty.

by fredo on 2/1/2010 @ 10:46am
I'm sure the owners of Kobe Teriyaki were trying to make a profit and probably employed people at low slavery wages. Our city is improved when greedy business owners go out of business. All they ever think about is making money. I would much prefer walking through our business districts and seeing vacancies. At least I'm assured that no one at that location is working for slave wages.

by L.S.Erhardt on 2/1/2010 @ 10:55am
You forget that the sole purpose to the existence of business is to turn a profit. Honestly, who would start a business if there was no real chance of getting ahead?
Or rather, who would want to deal with the taxes, paperwork, hoops and regulatory compliance involved with running a business if there was not some manner of potential reward as an incentive.

All things in this world are shades of gray, it's truly on a case-by-case basis. Not all business owners are greedy SOB's. But not all are as pure as the wind driven snow.

Would I trust Warren from Tacoma Art Supply? Sure.
Would I trust Steve Jobs? Hell no!

by fredo on 2/1/2010 @ 11:25am
Thorax, yep that Steve Jobs is another one of those greedy business owners. His employees would be better off if he would go out of business so that they could no longer be treated as slaves. They could all go to work for Warren.

by L.S.Erhardt on 2/1/2010 @ 11:31am
Would it?

by seejane on 2/1/2010 @ 12:19pm
One of my Grandfathers was a card carrying communist and the other was a card carrying republican. Both owned successful small businesses. Both complained about the government and "the way things are these days."

Here's something interesting. During the great depression the federal debt was 44% of GDP. After WW2 debt was 122% of GDP. With supply side economics (trickle down) debt was 64% of GDP. After the Clinton administration it was 57% of GDP. In February of '07 it was 64% of GDP. And it's still growing.
Check out this site: www.iousathemovie.com/ Politicians have been ignoring the debt problem for years and with the huge population of baby boomers retiring it's time to face up to the problem... 'cause it's HUGE.

by KevinFreitas on 2/1/2010 @ 12:30pm
@fredo: I agree with Thorax. We have no idea what kind of owners or wages were in place at Kobe. Heck, for all we know they just wanted to retire and weren't forced out of business by the market at all. Sometimes people just don't want to carry on.

They'd been open as long as I can remember being in this area so I can't believe they were necessarily doing bad business or cranking out teriyaki that was too much different or worse than it normally can be.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/1/2010 @ 1:02pm
Capitalist Donuts Now!

by Altered Chords on 2/1/2010 @ 1:08pm
We don't need greedy donut makers. Taking our money and replacing it with love handles!

I agree w/ Fredo. Death to all businesses in Tacoma

We can sit around writing love songs and eating the candy that grows on our trees and riding our unicorns all day instead of engaging in commerce.

by thriceallamerican on 2/1/2010 @ 2:02pm
Kobe had good basic teriyaki and the folks there were extremely nice and hard-working–I always figured that they were owner-operators, but don't know for sure. Anyway, I'm open to other sorts of cuisine opening up, but I'd rather just see a new teriyaki restaurant because it's nice to have a good one within walking distance.

by panachronic on 2/1/2010 @ 2:39pm
I'll miss this place. I wasn't a regular, but I did make it point to eat there when I am working in the area.

When I eat teriyaki, I often get the spicy chicken variety. I'm a sucker for spicy foods, and I often find that Asian restaurants pull their punches for the American pallet.

There was one week back in '02 when I ate lunch at Kobe every day. I'd ask for spicy chicken, and they would make it on the mild side. The next day, I would chide the lady at the counter, "Come on, I know you can make it spicier than that." My lunch would be incrementally hotter, but not quite enough for my liking. After 2-3 days of this, I found myself digging through the red peppers, looking for the chicken. Now THAT was spicy chicken!

by tommyllew on 2/1/2010 @ 2:55pm
How about an Ethiopian restaurant? In Seattle, Ethiopian seems to be the new Pho, which was the new Thai, which was the new teriyaki. This place was like four generations back in the restaurant trend lifecycle. No wonder they failed.

But Ethiopian--that is both trendy and delicious.

A little misr wat and enjira, anyone? Anyone?

by tommyllew on 2/1/2010 @ 2:55pm
I mean, "injira."

by Non Sequitur on 2/1/2010 @ 4:53pm
I'm missing that place already. I think I was probably the #2 or #3 customer.

After all these years, I'm surprised there wasn't a dish named after me

by beerandhotdogs on 2/1/2010 @ 9:24pm
The roof had a leak, and right after the leak was repaired, a water pipe burst. Totally wrecked the interior. It's bare studs now, they might lease it, and if no new tenant comes up, they will put the teriyaki place back.


by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2010 @ 10:17pm
I see it is decorated with the famous 6th ave landscape murals.


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