Rose Restaurant to celebrate 25 years

Business: Owner says she owes success to loyal patrons who frequent downtown diner

of the HeraldFebruary 19, 2014 

Whether it’s chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy or some other delectable breakfast dish, the Rose Restaurant on West Main in Puyallup has got patrons covered.

But besides the food, people who frequent the iconic diner come to nourish their souls.

“A lot of people get in here, and they meet and talk,” owner Brigitte Placek said. “It gives retirees a homey place to come and visit.”

Placek and her late husband, Ken, purchased The Rose on Oct. 16, 1989. This year will mark the establishment’s 25th anniversary.

Placek is planning a special event in October to honor her husband and to give back to the community.

“I enjoy the people,” Placek said. “Ken and I were always people persons. We want to continue serving Puyallup the best we can.”

The diner, at 122 W. Main, seats about 50 people. A row of mugs that belong to regular patrons line the wall above the front counter. Some that belong to patrons who have died are packed away.

“If the walls could talk, there would be a lot of stories to tell, and lots of laughter,” Placek said.

On a Friday morning during the breakfast rush, the diner was busy and buzzing with conversation. Placek made the rounds and chatted with her regulars.

Tim Morris, who has gone to the Rose for more than 15 years, said he visits four to five times a week.

“I like the food and the waitresses,” Morris said. “I like the pork chops, and the S.O.S. is always good.

Lynn Moore, a Rose waitress for 14 years, started to help Placek when Ken was ill.

“My dad and Brigitte’s husband were best friends,” Moore said.

Moore, who then worked at Fred Meyer, started doing shifts on Fridays at the Rose. For a little more than 12 years, she worked at both locations. Two and a half years ago, she retired from Fred Meyer after a 37-year career.

Moore said she and Placek have become good friends. They often travel together. She said it’s the customers and friendship that keep her coming back.

“It’s a family affair,” Moore said.

Moore said she’s known people who have met there, fallen in love, got married and had children.

“I’ve been to customers’ funerals, baby showers, weddings, birthday parties,” Moore said. “It blossoms from a casual breakfast to relationships with people.”

Placek said the Rose will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Oct. 16 with a special menu and coffee priced at 25 cents. She said she wants to make the day special for her husband, a Lions Club member who was well-loved throughout the community.

“That’s what he would’ve done was done something special for the community,” Placek said. “I’m sure it will be a very busy day.”

If You Go

The Rose Restaurant is located at 122 W. Main in downtown Puyallup. Hours are from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. The diner is open for breakfast and lunch. It accepts cash, credit and debit.

Reporter Andrew Fickes can be reached at 253-552-7001 or by email at andrew.fickes@puyallupherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_andrew.

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