We have come to the incredibly difficult decision to permanently close Pacific Grill restaurant and catering.
It is difficult to type these words -- such a shock after being open 15 successful years. It's like knowing you have to speak to someone you love who just lost a family member and wanting to carefully choose the *perfect* words. But sometimes words fail, and nothing sounds right.
Yet it is impossible to move forward during this unforeseen pandemic.
Know that this story is being played out across the country where 100,000 small businesses like ours will permanently close.
It is difficult to imagine Tacoma without Pacific Grill. And even more difficult to have to tell all of our wonderful guests and professional staff. This is where Tacoma came to celebrate birthdays, business promotions, graduations, anniversaries, and to celebrate a life well-lived. This is also where foodies came to eat great food, wineries jockeyed to have their wines showcased, and food critics raved. And if you hired Pacific Grill Catering you were guaranteed a delicious professional event. Many times people would stop me on the street to say they would not have attended an event until they saw PG was catering it! We helped so many fundraisers over the years with great community partners raising millions of dollars for worthy causes.
Opening Night 15 yrs ago I remember standing at the end of the bar and watching the faces as they came through the velvet drapes for the first time, how their faces lit up as they saw the beautiful room & light sculptures! That first night my "perch" was established and never changed.
We received many awards for delicious food prepared in imaginative ways, celebrating the cuisines of the world, and beat even all Seattle restaurants consistently for Best Happy Hour in Western Washington! And we introduced our guests to new ingredients they had never heard of.
Our guests also came to PG to see not only their good friends but also their favorite Servers, who brought their A-game every night coached by General Manager Christopher Johnson who was always everywhere at once.
I have always described Pacific Grill as being like a live Broadway show that we put on every night: the lighting, the music, the actors, those behind-the-scenes, our audiences, and our performance.
Some nights it was drama -- other nights a comedy.
And now, after such a great run, it's Closing Night. As we take our final curtain, we gracefully leave the stage at the top of our game, knowing we did our best, gave it our all, but now accepting the show must close.
How I am going to miss you all!
Joe Hardwick & I are forever grateful for all of your support these many years. And incredibly proud of what we created together.
It has been the great joy of my life to help you celebrate and be a part of your lives here in Tacoma’s dining room.
Thank you all for your understanding, best wishes, and much appreciation to you all.
Chef Gordon Naccarato
Owner / Chef