Boathouse 19 in Tacoma sold to Anthony’s Seafood Restaurants


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Boathouse 19 is under new ownership.

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Anthony’s Restaurants announced Tuesday that Tacoma’s Boathouse 19 has officially joined its family of more than 30 Pacific Northwest restaurants.

The News Tribune first reported the sale in early January.

Retiring founders Katie and Dennis Driscoll also sold their Lobster Shop restaurant to Seattle-based E3 Restaurant Group in December. Katie Driscoll did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“For nearly 50 years, we have been very selective in choosing growth opportunities,” Budd Gould, who opened his first restaurant in Bellevue Crossings in 1969, said in a press release. His son Herb Gould and daughter Amy Burns now serve as co-chairs.

Although the Driscolls opened the marina-side restaurant in 2012, they entered the local industry 45 years ago with a Lobster Shop in Dash Point. It closed in 2015.

Gould, however, acknowledged the history built into Boathouse 19, with a bar top salvaged from the old Day Island Bridge and tables constructed from Nalley Valley Pickle barrels. Notably, he added, the restaurant exists “next to one of the only wharfs still selling gasoline and live herring”, which fits perfectly with Anthony’s mission to serve seafood. local and sustainable.

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A fried seafood platter at Boathouse 19 is best enjoyed outside on the viewing deck overlooking the Narrows. Anthony’s Restaurants has purchased Tacoma’s popular waterfront restaurant. Kristine Sherred [email protected]

The Kirkland-based company now operates four locations in Pierce County, including Harbor Lights on Ruston Way, Anthony’s in Point Defiance and Anthony’s in Gig Harbor.

Boathouse 19 will retain his name, avoiding the addition of Anthony to honor “the legacy he has in the Narrows community,” chief marketing officer Kirsten Elliot said in an email. State records filed with the Department of Revenue and the Secretary of State refer to it as Anthony’s Boathouse.

Longtime chief executive John Little will remain with head chef Edson Ibarra, and all existing staff “will be offered a role with us”, she confirmed.

Speaking about the potential changes, she said customers should expect to see “dockside classics” similar to the menu from Anthony’s own wholesale seafood business.

“Coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic and being able to grow is a testament to our loyal customers and our commitment to serving the freshest PNW seafood paired with some of the most breathtaking views this region has to offer,” said Elliot.

Journalist’s Note: Boathouse 19 has shared on its website and social media that it will be closed for a week, February 1-7, as it transitions to Anthony’s ownership.

This story was originally published February 1, 2022 12:29 p.m.

Kristine Sherred joined The News Tribune in December 2019, after a decade in Chicago where she worked for restaurants, a liquor wholesaler and a food bookstore. Previously, she covered the food sector for Industry Dive and William Reed. Find her on Instagram @kcsherred and Twitter @kriscarasher.

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