Morgan's Brain

Mar. 25, 2009 at 11:28am

Tacoma: Closing?

This is not good.

On the heels of the Rainier Center Starbucks closing (kitty corner from the Convention Center no less!) and the Convention Center UPS store seeking (and getting) funding from the city to remain in business, the TNT is now reporting that the UPS store has closed. They didn't report what the store did with the city's money.

Then Ed reports that the Sea Grill restaurant is closing after Sunday. Sea Grill is also located in the Rainier Center building - the same one kitty-corner from the Convention Center. If you're like me and have a gift card- you better use it soon!

I'm ready for some good news now.

UPS Store Closing:

Sea Grill Closing:

comments [15]  |  posted under Tacoma


by fredo on 3/25/2009 @ 12:07pm
Morgan@ Starbucks, Sea Grill, and UPS all walked away from the Convention Center.

Too bad the taxpayers can't.

Thanks city council and consultants!

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2009 @ 12:13pm
I noticed they had closed their doors (ups store) weeks ago. Went there on the tram expecting to print out our CLAW zines. Lucky Minuteman Press is even closer to my work.

We should really give the convention center to the lemay people.

by NineInchNachos on 3/25/2009 @ 12:33pm
according to this article Tacoma will never be a destination. Thanks for the tip New Takhoman!

by boearc on 3/25/2009 @ 1:34pm
You guys just don't get it. All this area needs to be full of people and thereby successfull for street level retail and restaurants/cafes is for the City and/or Chamber to provide more tables and chairs...

by Nick on 3/25/2009 @ 1:49pm

Ouch! That article has some pretty valid points (some things that I've been complaining about for a long time), but I don't think we're oblivious to our problems, and they certainly aren't insurmountable. The fact that there are even just a handful of us that love Tacoma tells me it's just a matter of time before we get through our growing pains.

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/25/2009 @ 4:11pm
Like Always, why do we wait for City Council to do something?

F-the council. F-the laws. Let's just go our and do our thing, regardless. I'm so tired of this bull-honkey.

by oldbrickhousefarm on 3/25/2009 @ 11:12pm
Did anyone notice everyone was promoting & building convention centers 10 years ago as a way to 'boost' their cities? Strangely, many of them have the same look, feel or flat out design.
Unless we want to level the place & revert back to the ruins of Presbyterian Springs outhouses, taxpayers would seem to have every right to see Convention Center space put to good use. New downtown branch library or TPL/UWT/SOTA 'factory'? Some sort of draw to anchor the radius? It's too small for LaMay,

by AngelaJossy on 3/25/2009 @ 11:24pm
Indoor festivals! Its always raining on our outdoor ones!!!

by KevinFreitas on 3/26/2009 @ 3:47pm
Damn -- Cascade Bagel is now closing downtown: I love that place! Maybe taking that stupid fence down would've helped. *Sighs...*

by izenmania on 3/26/2009 @ 3:49pm
That's one thing I doubt removing the fence would have helped.

Pretty sad, though. It was my standard stop-off for lunch on the way to chalk-offs (which start next Friday, by the way).

by KevinFreitas on 3/26/2009 @ 3:52pm
@izenmania re: fence -- yeah, just a cheap shot really. Shame 'cause they had some really tasty offerings. Really is a terrible location though.

by morgan on 3/26/2009 @ 8:39pm
KevinFreitas: It's not a bad location- just a poorly designed building with poor operating guidelines.

AngelaJossy: Did I mention that there is talk going on about putting some cover over the Theater on the Square performance space? It could be used for an extended Farmers Market season, outdoor concerts on days like this, and maybe even year round food vendors ala hot dog carts. Let me know if you want to help with the effort.

by AngelaJossy on 3/26/2009 @ 8:46pm
I'd love to hear more about it. Have your people call my people. Or just email me, whichever. :)

by KevinFreitas on 3/27/2009 @ 1:08am
@morgan: I stand corrected because you're right -- it is more a poor situation for any business that wants to be in that space. Shame too because there are few things I enjoy more than having lunch out on one of those tables watching the world go by during warmer weather.

by morgan on 3/31/2009 @ 11:54am
Just got this from the Sea Grill folks. Sad.

Thank you for the memories
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closing of the Sea Grill. Sunday, March 29, 2009, was our last day of operation. The management team and staff would like to thank all of our guests not only for their continued loyalty and support, but for allowing us to help celebrate the pivotal moments and chapters of their lives that helped to write the story of Sea Grill. The experiences we've shared have become memories of our own lives that we will take with us forever.

Thank you for being an integral part of this experience.

Sea Grill gift cards are accepted at any Mackay Restaurant location,
including our sister restaurant in Tacoma, El Gaucho. For all other inquiries,
please contact El Gaucho Tacoma at 253.272.1510.