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Olympia Coffee opens in the Proctor District. Photo credit: Jackie Fender

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I know what you're thinking, you were expecting a Mother's Day dining feature here ... admit it. You were. As a mama myself, I totally get it. However, if you don't know what your beloved mother's favorite restaurant is, I'm not doing the legwork for you. Nope. You're gonna have to figure this one out on your own and if you haven't, you'll have earned her bemoaning about how she was in labor for 12 hours, trying to coax that unappreciative noggin of yours out her hoo-ha. But I digress, this week is business as usual and I'm bringing you some foodie news from around the South Sound instead. But let this little intro serve as a reminder, Mother's Day is approaching.


Tacoma's Proctor District has yet another hot spot to score your roasted bean concoctions as of early last week in Olympia Coffee.  As you might suspect, this new Tacoma gem has roots in Tacoma's sister city to the south, Olympia. Housed in what was once an outdated RadioShack, Olympia Coffee has transformed the space into a hip, open-air vibe. For those familiar with the product, there is likely some excitement, for those not familiar, there will be. Olympia Coffee Roasters boasts a pride in all things coffee and have a string of awards to prove it. 2601 N. Proctor, Tacoma

The craft beer scene is constantly evolving; I find it hard to keep up. But I did catch a little beer buzz recently when I caught wind of a new addition to our local brew scene in Northish Beer Co. I've spied their handles all around town including the Red Hot, North End Social Club, Parkway Tavern, The Ale House and Copper Door just to name a few. Keep your eyes peeled and your taste buds ready.

Another of those who will feature Northish Beer Co. on tap is the Matriarch Lounge. If all goes as planned, Alma Mater Tacoma's evening-only lounge will be open to the public Tuesday of next week. Swanky velvet seating with a retro vibe, dark greens and coppers will all set the tone. The matrimony of delectable small plates prepared by Chef Kyle Wnuk along with compelling craft cocktails with special attention to brandy, cognac and calvados will delight and have you coming back for more. 1322 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma

When it comes to those in the restaurant industry, you rarely witness a healthy work life balance. Happy Belly sets a new standard. Their style of service already likes to encourage healthy balances, not just with fast and fresh food but in life as well, and their personal motto will now reflect in their new hours. You'll have to limit your Happy Belly cravings to weekdays only, because they will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. I find this quite admirable. But also, sad for those Saturdays when nothing else will satiate my hankering. 1122 Market St., Tacoma

Now that Fish Fish Fish has finally opened, owners Steve Naccarato and Robert Stocker are already giving you something new to look forward to. Enter the Boom Boom Room. Direct neighbors of Fish, the Boom Boom Room doesn't only reflect their love of alliteration but will add funky, fresh libations to their inventory of delectable delights. The vibe is rumored to be retro and rad, much like its sister stores. The sign on the window states "open, eventually." So, stay tuned. 3016 6th Ave., Tacoma 

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