Wooden City, the broadly defined American restaurant replacing Wilder Local Fare and Libations at 714 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma, is exploring a food partnership with Odd Otter Brewing next door, one of the city’s top breweries. Ultimately, this could lead to a limited selection of items, including wood-fired pizza, being served in the brewery’s taproom at 716 Pacific Ave. on busy nights (Fridays, Saturdays, and during trivia Wednesdays) while the family-friendly restaurant completes aesthetic renovations for a projected summer opening.
Co-owner Jon Green, a Seattle transplant formerly of Scout and No Vacancy Poke at Hotel Albatross, said his pizza style is closest to Neapolitan, but made with local, organic flour and likely with some non-traditional toppings. “We just want to make something that’s delicious without getting too hung up on the rules,” he told Eater. “We really want to focus on American cuisine. I feel like pizza, even though it came from Italy, has really become its own thing in the U.S. and we want to celebrate that. Using words like ‘Neapolitan’ to us feels like we’re trying to be something we’re not.”
Green is in charge of menu development for the 49-seat restaurant, whose kitchen remains in good shape and already has a health certification. Green co-owns Wooden City with Abe Fox, who worked most recently at Shelter Lounge, which has locations in Green Lake and Ballard.