Tasty bites & brews open, expand

Courtesy Moe’s

There is a lot of movement in the Tahoe City restaurant scene right now, but fortunately many of North Lake Tahoe’s favorite establishments aren’t straying too far away from their old locations. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s going on with some of our popular food joints:

Moe’s Original BBQ
Formerly located next to Christy Hill, Moe’s Original BBQ moved its establishment a couple of doors down to the former Dockside 700 spot at the Tahoe City Marina. The owners could not be reached for comment, but a manager says Moe’s is hoping to open by mid-May and they have been busy renovating the restaurant.

“With our proximity to the lake now, we can do rehearsal dinners, weddings and special events. Most items will be under $20 so locals can come out and enjoy the lake without having to spend a lot on a good meal.” – Jonny Roscher

Za’s & Pepper’s
Jonny Roscher, the owner of Za’s and Pepper’s, is currently renovating the old Moe’s place to turn it into the new Za’s, moving it from next to Pete ‘n’ Peters down to its new lakeside location at the end of Grove Street. When asked why he wanted to move Za’s, Roscher points to the lake.

“When Moe’s closed, I was approached to take over the space,” Roscher says. “We were maxed out on what we could do over there [at Pete’s]. With our proximity to the lake now, we can do rehearsal dinners, weddings and special events. Most items will be under $20 so locals can come out and enjoy the lake without having to spend a lot on a good meal,” he adds.

The new Za’s is expected to open by June and Pepper’s is going to stay where it is but will expand into the space being vacated by Za’s. Pepper’s will also expand its menu to offer rotisserie items in the fall.

Pioneer Cocktail Club
The old Zia Lina restaurant in the heart of Tahoe City will transform into what will be called the Pioneer Cocktail Club, according to the owner of the building, Terry Dyer. He says that the tenants are planning to offer good food and drinks and are working on permits to hopefully be able to open before summer.

New brew pub?
There’s been some construction going on at the old Lakeside Pizza establishment, but not for reasons some might think. A crew is renovating the backside of Safeway for improvements that the grocery store is making, but as for the old Lakeside location, a Tahoe City restaurateur is looking to sign a lease to turn the former pizza joint into a brew pub. Nothing is confirmed, but if everything goes as planned it could be open by spring 2019.

Thai Kitchen
The future of the Thai Kitchen remains uncertain. The restaurant will have to close when work on the new Tahoe City Lodge begins this summer, however, the owners said they have been unable to find space to fit their needs for both the restaurant and the massage parlor they own. They are still open and serving great Thai food.

Dollish & Burrito Window
The Burrito Window moved out of their digs in Tahoe City last year and opened their new Kings Beach location in early May. Look for them to embrace “dining trends and flavors that reflect the dynamic Northern California culinary scene,” according to a release. They are located between The Grid Bar & Grill and Lakeshore Sports Shop in a renovated space.