WHAT SHOULD GO HERE? Former Massimo's Italian Bar & Grill

A Patch blogger broke the news earlier this month that the restaurant closed after being open for a little more than a year. Now, we ask you, Patch users, what do you think should go in that location.

You ever drive past an empty storefront or building and say, "You know what they should put there ...?"

Well, so do we.

That's why today, University Place Patch has produced another piece in which we can discuss what should go in these empty spots.

There's nothing scientific about this, nor does it have any bearing on what will eventually go in these locations. Heck, there could already be a tenant-in-waiting that we don't even know about.

But it makes for great fodder, doesn't it?

We now ask you, UP Patch users: What should go here, at the former location of Massimo's Italian Bar & Grill?

Patch blogger Howard Lee broke the news of the restaurant's closure earlier this month. The news sparked a great discussion. Users discussed everything from whether its closure had more to do with the business itself to whether the structure needs a facelift.

So if you're a regular Patch follower, you might have seen this coming. We want to hear what you think should go in the former Massimo's location? Does the building need a facelift? Tell us in the comments below.

Christie Anderson October 24, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I think it'd be cool to have an Irish Restaurant/Pub serving traditional Irish fare, like Shepherds Pie, Irish Stew, Soda Bread, Guiness...etc :-)
Brent Champaco October 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
A la Paddy O'Coynes in Tacoma, or something similar?
Chris Pickering October 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM
They need to tear down the building and build a Big 5 sporting goods store. the building is dated and looks like a dive. Sorry, I was not around for it's glory days.
South Hill Night Out.com October 25, 2012 at 01:30 AM
The area needs a good home cooked Breakfast eating place, for the whole family to enjoy! Since Sari's left town there is NO real Breakfast place to go! South Hill Night Out
Jack October 25, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Not even 1 mile north of here on Bridgeport is Affairs Cafe, which serves up a full breakfast menu 6 days a week. Check that out for a real great breakfast.
Lori October 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I agree, this is a teardown! Would love to see something new like a wine and beer pub that we could stop in on our way home from dinner or just for some appetizers and drinks and meet friends. It will never work unless the wood shakes are gone!
Imagen Bush October 25, 2012 at 02:57 AM
The Pine Cone cafe also serves breakfast, and is FAR better than any Shari's in quality, service, and price.
Howard and Barbara Lee October 25, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Finding a tenant for this property is going to be tough. It's configured for a restaurant/bar and needs to be updated.Updating costs money which is a scarce commodity for a startup business. Whatever business moves in will probably be one already in existence and wants to expand. This is where UP's anti-business image becomes a to play because an existing business knows the region and can pick where it wants to locate. Today Black Bear Yogurt headquarted in Lakewood announced it is expanding with another store in Lakewood, making a total of three there, one in Tacoma, one in Puyallup, and one in Yakima. Interesting that he surrounded UP with his stores but skipped over it in this expansion plans. Sorry Brent, I can't come up with a good business fit for the Massimo's property, so there are no royalties owed. However, I did expend one billable hour for which I will accept comp time as payment! Howard
Dogolo-Fenwick Laurie October 25, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Yes we miss Shari's. We used to go every Sunday.
Randy Walden October 25, 2012 at 02:26 PM
A water park!
Tad Saine October 25, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I am part of the tear it down and start over camp because I think the building is dated and in very bad shape. That said, i really like this idea a lot! University Place lacks a really cool pub.
Dan October 25, 2012 at 05:41 PM
With that shake siding, there is only one business that fits. Shakey's Pizza!
Tad Saine October 26, 2012 at 05:25 PM
What about a small park with a public art instillation, or a year-round farmers' market? UP is short on green space, and unique open spaces can help attract people to our city.
Dave Matzen October 26, 2012 at 06:27 PM
How about Greek? A nice Greek place? (Okay now I am hungry, shouldn't ask these questions so close to lunch time)
Christie Anderson October 26, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I disagree about tearing it down....it is a unique building in a town that it quickly losing it's uniqueness.
Christie Anderson October 26, 2012 at 08:44 PM
There was a time that Union Station in Tacoma looked like a dive too...that was in 1976 when I took a train to San Francisco .... preservation certainly has made it look wonderful.
Christie Anderson October 26, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Jack, they may serve breakfast, but there's not a lot of seating there.
Christie Anderson October 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
LOL @ Randy!
Christie Anderson October 26, 2012 at 08:48 PM
"What about a small park with a public art instillation..." Who'd own the park? The city can hardly maintain the one's they already have.
Christie Anderson October 26, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Yummy....Greek sounds good.
Christie Anderson October 26, 2012 at 08:51 PM
My daughter, who lives in West seattle, mentioned an Irish Pub style restaurant at that end of town that has amazing food. I tried a taste of their Guinness Irish Stew, and it was out of this world. It would be lovely to have something like that in UP.
Howard and Barbara Lee October 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Town Center is a unique, and expensive, open space that hasn't attracted anything except criticism. However, it does have many interesting water features, especially after a rain. As far as a small park goes, UP can't fund the parks which now exist!
Susan October 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
A tiki bar. But one cooler than the one just opened downtown. Serve Spam and Eggs breakfast, and Island / American lunch & dinner. Cool theming and rum drinks. You could easily tiki-up the outside of that building. It's half-way there already.
Chris Pickering October 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM
As a builiding I don't see any redeeming qualities. It certainly is not comparable to Union station, in my opinion. Having a young child in year round sports it would be great to have a real local sporting goods store.
Chris Pickering October 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I really enjoy the Pinecone and Affairs for breakfast. Also, fircrest has a nice little breakfast place. I think it is called the Springlake cafe.
Birgitte Necessary February 09, 2013 at 10:45 PM
I hope they tear it down. It's an eye-sore in my opinion. Every time I look at that building I think the roof has fallen and crushed the walls.


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