Wednesday, June 28, 2017 This Week's Paper

Ruston weekends Infused

// Fuse restaurant brings good food and live music to the neighborhood


Fuse Café Imbibery and Events opened in Ruston last month, and has been achieving its mission in spicing up weekends in the North End.

Operating out of the old poker room at Point Defiance Casino, Fuse Café is casino operator Steve Fabre’s way of bringing more business into the location that has been hurt by local gambling restrictions.

This summer he hired local caterer Laurie Kimmel to help generate more business.

Currently Fuse is open Friday through Sunday serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Northwest-inspired menu offers a variety of unique options at all times of day including fresh and local seafood, vegan and vegetarian options, a variety of made-to-order omelets and other specialty brunch items, gourmet sandwiches, wraps and salads for lunch and a rotating dinner menu.

Live music has been running regularly each Saturday, and so far Fuse has proven to be a steady venue for good, local music each week.

“We heard a lot of people talk about the old Shoboat and how they really wanted music back in Ruston…and help revitalize the town,” Kimmel said.

Coming up Fuse will feature a solid lineup of local blues and classic rock favorites – Tim Hall Band (Nov. 13), One More Mile (Nov. 20), Tatoosh (Nov. 27) and Bump Kitchen (Dec. 4). Music starts at 8 p.m. and there is usually no cover charge and a full bar and dance floor are open for action.

In addition to the café, Fuse is also up for hosting special events such as wedding receptions. In the future Fabre sees the café being open seven days a week and complementing other new businesses he expects to come along with the high-end housing development Point Ruston in the future.

“We would like for it to be an upscale but comfortable place for people to come. We want to establish music again in Ruston,” Kimmel said. “People can come there, have a great time, and enjoy the company of neighbors and friends.”

Currently, non-house banked poker is still available in the casino portion of the building. Poker options could change in the future pending the results of the Nov. 2 election regarding Ruston’s anti-gambling referendum. 

Either way, Fabre and Kimmel say their vision for providing high-quality food and entertainment options for Tacoma and Ruston will continue.

Fuse Café Imbibery and Events is located at 5037 N. Pearl St. in Ruston. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. on Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sunday brunch. For more info call (253) 722-8712 or visit