Monday, November 24, 2014

Orca Whales Visit

In case you missed seeing the orca whales in person this morning frolicking along the Ruston shoreline, Point Ruston captured some great pictures here...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Resturant Planned At Point Ruston


Media Contacts:

Point Ruston, LLC
Mike Cohen – Manager

WildFin American Grill to Open Third Location at Point Ruston

Tacoma, Wash. – November 20, 2014 – Point Ruston (, the Northwest’s newest premier waterfront neighborhood, is proud to announce that WildFin American Grill ( will open its third restaurant in one of Point Ruston’s waterfront locations where the Waterwalk meets the Grand Plaza. WildFin American Grill will host a Grand Opening Spring 2015 contemporaneously with the Century Theatres Grand Opening as Point Ruston continues to build the Puget Sound’s premier waterfront living, dining, and entertainment destination.

WildFin American Grill at Point Ruston will contain more than 200 seats and will feature Tacoma’s best indoor and outdoor waterfront dining experience. Additionally, WildFin will offer patrons delicious fish and chips from a walk-up window situated on Point Ruston’s Grand Plaza. WildFin’s Executive Chef Chris Bryant uses local, regional, and sustainable ingredients including locally farmed produce, Washington poultry and beef, wild Northwest seafood, local artisan bread, and local microbrews. Chef Bryant was born and raised in Seattle and has a strong passion for the amazing bounty available in the Pacific Northwest, from fresh seafood and shellfish to the fertile valleys and farms that produce the region’s superior produce.

"WildFin is thrilled to bring our signature restaurant to the Point Ruston neighborhood," says Attila Szabo, President and Operating Partner of WildFin American Grill. "Point Ruston’s connection to Pt. Defiance Park and the Ruston Way waterfront will make WildFin an ideal location where friends and family gather to eat, drink, and share life’s occasions. We are looking forward to working with Point Ruston to open our newest restaurant and becoming a part of the greater Tacoma community," he added.

"We are very excited about the addition of WildFin American Grill at Point Ruston," stated Mike Cohen, Managing Partner of Point Ruston, LLC. "WildFin American Grill at Point Ruston will be the preferred dining destination throughout the region with its unobstructed water views and unparalleled outdoor dining experience. I am personally very eager to enjoy the delicious Northwest cuisine and the incredible sunsets over the Olympic Mountains," he added.

About Point Ruston, LLC
Currently under construction along nearly one mile of Puget Sound waterfront in Tacoma, Wash., Point Ruston is a new, waterfront resort-inspired village with panoramic views of the South Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier. Point Ruston’s entertainment, dining, and shopping district will include 75+ street-level shops and restaurants including the nine-screen luxury Century Theatres, a specialty grocer, and a four-star, full service Silver Cloud Hotel. The centerpiece of the Waterwalk, the Grand Plaza at Point Ruston, will become the South Sound’s new gathering place with scenic views of maritime activity on beautiful Commencement Bay, outdoor concerts in the summer, and ice skating during the holidays. Point Ruston will be a place to experience the best of what the Pacific NW lifestyle has to offer. For more information visit:

About WildFin American Grill
WildFin American Grill opened its first location in 2011 in Issaquah, Washington, and opened its second location in 2013 in Renton, WA. WildFin American Grill is casual, comfortable and affordable with a keen sense of Northwest style serving authentic, high quality and flavor-rich foods from Northwest waters, fields, and ranches. WildFin’s menu features familiar, flavorful Northwest favorites with style and flare.  WildFin American Grill is “The Catch of the Northwest.”    For more information visit:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Art In Ruston - Point Defiance

Ever want to sit in the arms of an octopus? Or rest comfortably on a starfish? If so, then wander down to the Ruston area soon. Thanks to the efforts of the Ruston - Point Defiance Business District and the creativity of artist Jennifer Weddermann, new metal sculpture benches brighten the local landscape. The project has been in the works for two years and was paid for by a Tacoma City art grant, City of Ruston, business district funds and Tacoma funding support for the business district program.

Building on Point Ruston's octopus benches down the hill, the new art benches are painted in business district colors to match new banners that are in the works. There are a total of four benches - located at the Antique Sandwich Company, Urban Oasis Salon and Washing Well laundry on Pearl Street as well as in front of Don's Market. A dedication party will be coming soon. In the meantime, come down, get out of the car and walk the neighborhood. There are plenty of beautiful places to stop and rest along the way. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Point Defiance Tap & Grill Open

The newest addition to Ruston's growing selection of great choices for a fine meal opened November 6th in the former Ruston Antique space. Point Defiance Tap & Grill offers locally sourced food and Northwest beer and wine. The Facebook announcement gives more details: We are open for lunch and dinner, 11am-9pm. We are located at 5101 N. Pearl St., directly across from the Antique Sandwich Company. Our sign will not be ready for another few days, but we're here! Street parking can usually be found in abundance in this neighborhood. The dining room is family friendly, and there are kid-friendly choices on the menu. The bar area is 21+. Looking forward to seeing you all there! The menu was updated today with some price reductions, so head on in soon! Welcome to town!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November Winds

Ruston appears to have survived yesterday's harsh winds without too much damage. This downed tree was spotted in the vacant lot near N. 51st and Highland. If you have more photos to share of your yard, just email them to

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Help Re-Open The Goldfish



Let’s Re-Open The Goldfish Tavern Together

Tacoma’s iconic tavern and local landmark, The Gold Fish Tavern, is in desperate need of restoration to open as The Defiant Goldfish in early February, or it will lose it’s ability to stay a neighborhood gathering place forever.

Tacoma, Washington - In early September, the City of Tacoma let the team that was looking into the purchase of the Goldfish Tavern know that the building was very close to losing its non-conforming use status, and would no longer be able to open as a tavern if it did not happen very soon. That information caused them to change their plans from “sometime in the spring” to “we have to get this done now”, or it would be lost forever. Business partners Corey Webb and Adam Dopps are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $22K in 35 days to restore and re-open the iconic tavern that had been in business since 1933, until is closed on Halloween two years ago.

The Defiant Goldfish is set to open in early February. It will be a family friendly bistro style restaurant and bar, with a focus on the seven Tacoma area Craft Breweries and the many Craft Distilleries popping up throughout the state.

It was a Tavern before, which meant “no minors”. It is re-opening as a restaurant with a full liquor bar, so it will be able to allow families with children in to the restaurant up until 7 pm. “We are planning to have a specialty cocktail menu that is a delicious as it is unique” said Adam Dopps. “On the food side, we will be sourcing our produce and fruit from local farmers and we will buy as much of our ingredients locally as possible. Our menu will be tweaked from global recipes, but our shopping will be done locally.”

The Goldfish Tavern had a loyal following from the folks of N. Tacoma, Vashon Island and all of the people from throughout the region that came on a Ferry ride, or to visit the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Park. It left a hole in the local landscape when it closed it’s doors. To many living in the North Tacoma, Ruston and Pt. Defiance area, the enigmatic Goldfish Tavern is a much-loved relic of our living past, a local treasure, and part of our history.

After 79 years of providing a place to gather and enjoy a pint together to the citizens of North Tacoma, Point Defiance and Ruston, this local landmark has sustained serious structural damage, which if unattended will be irreversible. We need to raise $22K on Kickstarter to get the work done now. The stucco exterior has weeds and moss growing out of the multiple cracks in it. The roof is leaking and has a river of water running through the outdated electrical panel and needs to be fixed, as well as replacing the outdated electrical service. The concrete floors have been added at different times over the decades and are uneven, as well as having a two foot hole in the middle of the room. The walk-in cooler is no longer in code and it sits where the new kitchen is going to be located. The list of needs also includes the equipment, tables, chairs, barstools and d├ęcor.

This project will only be funded if we raise all of the $22K by Friday, December 5th, 12:00 pm PST. Find us by going to the KICKSTARTER website and typing “Goldfish Tavern” into the search box or use this for a direct link : . Consider donating as little as $10 to help us keep this vestige of The City’s past from fading away like old photographs.


If you’d like more information about The Defiant Goldfish Restoration Project, or to schedule an interview with Adam Dopps or Corey Web, please email them at, or send them a Tweet @DefianceBar.

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