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It can be tricky to keep up with the South Sound dining scene. It is ever-evolving. Grub Gossip is meant to keep you in the loop: restaurant closures, openings, events and more. In this edition we talk about hotdogs, a delectable competition, menu transitions and new spots to nosh.

With baseball season just on the horizon, you may be daydreaming about spring sunshine, Crackerjacks, homeruns and ballgame grub already. Earlier this month, The Red Hot Tacoma announced they are closing up their satellite shop located at Cheney Stadium. Via social media they stated, "It was amazing to be a part of such an iconic piece of Tacoma's history." It has yet to be announced what ballgame grub is due to fill the void. In the meantime, you can still get your grub on at the Red Hot's 6th Ave locale. 2914 6th Ave., Tacoma,

Speaking of hot dogs, Puyallup now has a family-friendly hotspot in CaskCades. The menu features a variety of funky fresh wiener options including an authentic Chicago Dog and other neat fixin's like peanut butter, marshmallows and more that can be paired with one of over 30 craft brews available on tap. Bonus, pinball, classic arcade games and board games are all in-house for the whole family to enjoy. 106 N. Meridian, Puyallup,

As I was cruising down the street to indulge my inner mallrat, I spied the old Chevy's Fresh Mex (and NYP Bar and Grill for a brief stint) has again adopted a Mexican fare identity as Tonala Mexican Restaurant. While I didn't make time to pop in and check it out, I did discover they have a sister store in Spanaway, and their menu features traditional eats including enchiladas, burritos, huevos and street tacos. Stay tuned for a follow-up. 3702 S. Fife St., Tacoma,

The best sort of societies or guilds are the kind who gather over food - even better, baked goods. The Olympia Pie Bakers Guild does just that and presents the upcoming Pie Fest Finale Saturday, Feb. 24, from 1-4 p.m. There will be a pie-baking contest, a raffle with loads of prizes and slices available for purchase for $3 a-piece or three cans of food donated. If pie alone isn't enough to lure you, all proceeds benefit the Senior Nutrition Program and the Thurston County Food Bank.  Drool. Find out more about the Pie Fest and organization at

Proctor District's Cook's Tavern is known for keeping flavors fresh with their rotating menu inspired by global fare. This month, they bid adieu to French cuisine and say "Hola!" with a tapas menu inspired by Barcelona, Spain. Eats include Escalivada -- a roasted eggplant dish, Chorizo and Chickpea Stew, Jamon & Manchego Croquettes and more. Head in on Thursday evenings for Paella Night with a paella pan party to indulge in at $24 a head.  3201 N. 26th St., Tacoma,

Upcoming openings on the horizon still include the highly anticipated Moshi Moshi and Fish Fish Fish. Both rumored to be just weeks away from opening their doors. Another highly anticipated spot is Alma Mater Tacoma. This compelling beast of a building includes a live music venue, artist's space and studio, but the facility also boasts a coffeeshop and lounge. Alma Mater is also mere weeks away from unveiling this artistic space. Stay tuned for more details. 

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