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WHAT SHOULD GO HERE?: Former Ruby Tuesday's Building

It's been a year and a half since the restaurant off Mildred Street West shut its doors. Now, we ask you, Patch users, what would you like to see there?

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?

Anyway, we now ask you, UP Patch users: What should go here, at the former location of the Ruby Tuesday?

It's been a year and half since the restaurant unexpectedly shut its doors. Today, there's still some signage from the previous business, along with a "For Lease" sign.

There's a great discussion going on in the comments. There's even more discussion, as well as other stuff you won't find here on the homepage, on our Facebook page. (Don't forget to "Like" it)

Christie Anderson July 25, 2012 at 05:39 AM
A pizza place with a pipe organist :-)
Christie Anderson July 25, 2012 at 05:40 AM
IZZY'S!.....Yes!!
Dave Matzen July 25, 2012 at 06:49 AM
A good seafood place with fresh salmon and other fresh foods....and a good salad bar.
Stan Flemming July 25, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Cracker Barrel Restaurant; Whole Foods; Jimmy Mac's Restaurant or Dutch Brothers Coffee
Randy Walden July 25, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Does the city work with property managers to bring in new business? If not, why.
Jennie Martinez July 25, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I was sad to see the building tagged (graffiti!) when I drove by last week. I work in the area and miss the Rubey Tuesday salad bar so much! It was a staple for our business lunches.
Richard Shepard July 25, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Collective garden? Just kidding...
Colin Ehli July 25, 2012 at 09:41 PM
How about Kim's Teriyaki reopening there?
Brent Champaco July 25, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Great conversation, everyone. Here's an e-mail I got from Patch user Jaynie: "Mitzel's American Kitchen would be the most welcome addition to the local area that I can imagine. Reasonable (often ridiculously low) prices, excellent wait staff and customer service, but best of all is that they use Northwest grown products; almost every item on their menu features foods that have been raised right here in the Northwest. It is a shame to have to drive to Fife to visit Mitzel's which still has the most amazing Freshly Roasted Turkey Dinner that includes soup or salad, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, fresh cranberry relish, grilled/steamed fresh veggies, AND fabulous freshly baked cheese biscuits -- all for about $10. Using Northwest grown and raised meats, dairy, and other products ensures jobs here in the Northwest -- and the best dinner (breakfast or lunch) you'll find anywhere in the area. What's even crazier (and perhaps little known) is that when you fill out a customer comment card at Mitzel's American Kitchen -- not even to complain about something, but to report on the awesome food and dining experience, they'll mail you a gift certifcate as a way of saying 'thanks'. What a welcome addition Mitzel's American Kitchen would be to the former Ruby Tuesday's location in University Place."
Brent Champaco July 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I don't know whether they do or not. I can check, Randy. It would behoove them to, that's for sure.
Jessica July 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I was thinking the same thing the other day. It definitely should. The Shari's on bridgeport is closed now too and I feel like this place is too beautiful for abandoned buildings.
Jessica July 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Wow! well after that, I have to agree with Jaynie! :) Good thinkin!
john c. thayer July 26, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Any good food restaurant that is a better value (not as overpriced: why do you think they failed?) with staff that are not oblivious teenage servers?
Valerie Powell July 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Pasta and seafood restaurant!! Or a pizza place like extreme pizza!!
Jack July 26, 2012 at 01:43 AM
A medical marijuana dispensary would be a great use for this building.
gina stanley July 26, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I would love to see a japanese steak house go there. the only one around is Sakuras and they are old and dirty. I would go often. YUM...
Ronnie "B" July 26, 2012 at 03:31 AM
How about a Longhorn Steakhouse, or a Golden Corral. Something with a nice size salad bar. Applebee's would be good also, so you don't have to always go to the east side of tacoma to eat good food.
Mary W. Hammond July 26, 2012 at 04:23 AM
How about a Mandolin Cafe? Or a Green Spot Tea House? My friends and I miss both of those places that recently closed and are reopening as something different. Both had delicious food, reasonable prices, small meeting rooms, and the Mandolin hosted musicians. Great, family-friendly place to hang out.
Jan Vandervort July 26, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Taco Time
Dave A. July 26, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Stan's choice of Cracker Barrel excites me, Applebee's, Chili's are alternative choices. We need a business that has sustainability.
Krys July 26, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I second bringing back Pizza & Pipes. The original will always be a UP classic! Any locally owned restaurant would be good here. Forget chains, they are a dime a dozen and bring nothing exciting to the table.
Brent Champaco July 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
From Patch user Vanessa: "i think you guys should put a spa there!"
Christie Anderson July 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM
A Cracker Barrel would be great, but unlikely as the location is not visible from a freeway. :-(
Nick Kerns July 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM
i got food poisoning from their salad bar
Nick Kerns July 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM
there is a really good steakhouse across the street, why have a competitor. I say Izzy's or Applebee's. a good value or something open late
Nick Kerns July 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM
taco time is 100 feet away and across the street
Ken Campbell July 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Since everyone loves Fridays...TGI Fridays is the only choice with a reasonable chance of success!
Christie Anderson July 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM
FGI Friday's went out of business from my understanding.
Christie Anderson July 31, 2012 at 07:05 AM
I think I'd like to see a place EVERYONE can use.
Christie Anderson August 02, 2012 at 06:11 AM
I'm thinking we need a Chick-fil-A! :-D

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