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May 15, 2024

Puyallup Tribe gives update on new waterfront restaurant

Photo from First Western Properties leasing brochure [enlarge]
The Puyallup Tribe is planning to open a new seafood restaurant/chophouse in the former C.I. Shenanigans building in Tacoma.

The DJC reported back in May 2022 on the Puyallup Tribe's plans to open a new waterfront restaurant in Tacoma headed by James Beard-award-winning celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi.

The tribe recently shared that the restaurant, which will be called Woven Seafood and Chophouse, is expected to open this summer. The Tacoma News Tribune was first to report the news.

The new restaurant is currently under construction at 3017 Ruston Way and will open in an existing 15,000-square-foot building that was last home to a C.I. Shenanigans. That business closed in 2020. The tribe in 2021 purchased the restaurant building and its neighbor, The Ram Restaurant and Brewhouse, and since then has been busy getting the former ready for its new chapter. The Ram remains open.

When it opens, Woven will be a signature destination at the new Puyallup Tribal Air Terminal, which the tribe opened in partnership with Kenmore Air last year. The terminal is located between the former C.I. Shenanigans building and the Ram property.

The old C.I. Shenanigans building is two levels and is being extensively remodeled as per a design from Tacoma-based Ferguson Architecture. Korsmo Construction is the general contractor for the project.

The Tribune reports that the new space will have a main dining room that can seat around 140 with views of an open kitchen anchored by a front-and-center wood-fire grill. There will also be a bar and lounge area, an additional dining area down a few steps from the main room, and a private party room with capacity for 150. Two outside dining decks can host around 100 diners.

Chef Yamaguchi hails from Tokyo but built his restaurant empire in Hawaii and is regarded as the creator of Hawaiian fusion cuisine. The menu at Woven Seafood and Chophouse will fuse Northwest Indigenous, Japanese, and Hawaiian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood dishes and steaks. The food will be cooked in styles that honor Coast Salish heritage and techniques.

The tribe says the restaurant concept “has been crafted to represent the fusion of ideas and blended cuisine with the center goal of bringing people together around food.” The blend of tribal, Hawaiian, and Japanese culture will also be present in the interior design of the new space.

The building's exterior will be freshly painted and adorned with the restaurant logo, which symbolizes the weaving of cultures and cuisines at the heart of the enterprise.

A new passenger room for the air terminal is also planned for the front of the building. That is expected to open this week as Kenmore Air launches its season of flights from the terminal to the San Juan Islands. Woven is targeting a mid-summer opening.

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