It seems Tacomans cannot get enough of locally-harvested foods and craft cocktails.
Marrow, 6th Avenue’s newest destination catering to both of these services, received success and accolades on its first week in business.
The restaurant officially opened for business Aug. 2, and so far, it has been a non-stop whirlwind of new customers eager to try out the menu and craft cocktails, co-owner Jaime Kay Jones said.
“We’ve gotten some good reception on the food and décor,” she said. “This week, we’ve learned a lot because we’ve been really busy. I’m finding it hard to keep up.”
The general attitude of customers has been positive. One of the more common comments is that the restaurant seems to transport customers away from the typical feel of Tacoma, Jones explained.
“Most people said, ‘we love Tacoma, but we don’t feel like we’re there,’” she said. “They say it’s like a restaurant you’d find in San Francisco or Portland.”
The craft cocktails have been one of many eye catching features of the restaurant, Jones said. Concoctions like the Ling-Ling ($7) fuze Yazi ginger vodka, fresh cilantro, lemon, lime and coconut syrup to offer an interesting shift from traditional cocktails.
Jones said the food has been a big hit too. Meat-eater menu options like Oxtail cakes ($10) and veg-friendly fare like watermelon salad ($8) keeps people from both sides full and happy.
“It’s pretty well balanced,” Jones said. “There’s been an equal number of items off vegetarian and meat menu. Nothing has proven to be unpopular.”
What has been the secret to Marrow’s early success? Jones said it is simple.
“We don’t disappoint,” she said.
“We have a nice casual atmosphere at Marrow,” she said. “People deserve to go out for a meal, but don’t have to dress to the nines for dinner here. We want to be open to all eaters.”
Jones and her team have already begun thinking of ways to keep Marrow fresh and on the cutting edge, and the bar is catering to Tacoma’s love for happy hour by offering a late night session of discounted drinks and a $5 rotating bar menu starting at 10 p.m. nightly.
Owners also plan to change the menu at least four times per year to reflect the season and so chef Kyle Wnuk can continue cooking up tasty treats using locally sourced foods.
“Our boys in back make awesome food,” Jones said. “That’s what keeps us going.”
Marrow is located at 2717 6th Ave. in Tacoma. Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, call (253) 267-5299.