The wait staff at Mitzel’s American Kitchen is gone. The last cup of coffee has been poured and the last sausage omelets are now history. The restaurant had operated at the site for more than 10 years.
The stove and coffee makers were auctioned off Tuesday, after the Fife eatery lost its lease. The Puyallup Tribe, which had bought the location years ago for future development, opted to not renew the breakfast-and-burger provider’s lease last month.
The tribe now plans to redevelop the site for a tribally owned restaurant although specifics are still in the works, Tribal spokesman John Weymer said, noting that the Tribal Council is pondering several options.
The restaurant, known for its Toll House cookie pie, caramel apple crisp, triple berry cobbler, homemade carrot cake, rotisserie turkey and prime rib, was one of two locations in the Mitzel’s chain. The Kent location remains open.
“We have been scouting locations in the Tacoma and Fife area,” owner Jack Emmons said. “We are also looking at other areas outside Pierce County.”