It appears that Flatstick, the craft beer pub known for its on-site mini golf, is headed to downtown Tacoma with a new location.
A post on Tacoma Untapped, a Facebook page focused on local businesses, declares that the bar will take over the former Learning Sprout Toys store on Pacific Avenue (that business closed in 2017). Flatstick also confirmed the news directly in a message to Eater.
This will be the biggest location so far for Flatstick at a hefty 12,000 square feet, and should function similarly to the pub’s existing locations (founder Sam Largent had reportedly been eyeing Tacoma for some time, but was waiting for a suitable space to become available).
All-independent beers from within Washington will fill out the menu, and it’ll take the same “not a regular pub, we’re a cool pub” approach with mini-golf and Flatstick’s own table-golf invention, Duffleboard, among other games.
The new location will follow the lead of the South Lake Union Flatstick by partnering with notable restaurateur and chef Ethan Stowell’s restaurant group (Tavolata, Cortina, Staple & Fancy) for its food offerings. The menu for Tacoma is still to be determined, but likely similar to SLU, where it centers around beer-friendly and casual options, with numerous pizzas, as well as smaller bites like truffle fried mushrooms, garlic fries, and mozzarella sticks.
Tacoma will be location number four for Flatstick, which has expanded fairly swiftly since opening in Kirkland in 2014. It moved on Seattle with a Pioneer Square location in 2016, then a larger SLU bar in 2018. Actually, it might be the fifth location: Flatstick is also opening in Sacramento, California, although that project is licensed out to a California company named Tipsy Putt, so it’s only partially under the Flatstick umbrella.
Expect the Tacoma location to open late in 2019.