UPDATE: Taradise Café proprietor Tara Eckman Scott dies at 51; Celebration of Life planned Saturday

MONDAY REPORT: Tara Scott, proprietor of White Center’s Taradise Café, has died at age 51. After a reader tip, we found confirmation via this social-media post from one of her sons, Ohio State football player Gee Scott Jr. He wrote that “the woman whose smile lights up any room she’s in … who taught me what it is to unconditionally love … that brought me into this world” died this morning. Ms. Scott, a West Seattle resident, opened her restaurant five and a half years ago. It has been closed for more than two weeks because of what the café said was “an unexpected flood in the basement.” Ms. Scott was 51 years old.

ADDED TUESDAY MORNING: A tribute to Ms. Scott is growing outside the Taradise Café:

The note on the bricks expresses gratitude and asks that people not leave candles, saying another memorial will be announced soon,

TUESDAY EVENING: The family has announced a Celebration of Life for 4 pm Saturday in the Taradise Café parking lot.


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8 Responses to “UPDATE: Taradise Café proprietor Tara Eckman Scott dies at 51; Celebration of Life planned Saturday”

  1. rob/ coach Says:

    God bless you Tara you brought more joy and love to the white center community. One of the hardest working woman person i have ever met. you will be missed.

  2. Oh that sucks. I seen her many times. So friendly and such a good vibe. Terrible news. I didn’t know her well but she really stuck out as a person with a little more je ne sais qua. My regards to her family.

  3. I moved to White Center just two years ago, and very quickly realized Taradise was the place where you come as you are and get “nothing but love”. Though I didn’t go often, each time I went to Taradise, I knew I would meet someone new, have real talk, and laugh. We’ve lost a real community builder of beloved community in White Center. Sending love to Tara’s family and friends during this difficult time.

  4. Tara, say it ain’t so. You were the captain at Charlestown Cafe. I always admired your hard work and you set a great example for us high school-aged punks. Rest In Peace. Much love to your family.

  5. Vanessa Nunez Says:

    She was such a beautiful and fun person kind to everyone with a smile that could light up any room. I knew her through mutual friends but when in her presents I always felt welcomed. I will always remember her as the life of the party thank you for all the good times. Amiga ❤️

  6. Gill & Alex Says:

    We’re very sorry to hear of Tara untimely death. When she first opened Taradise I met her as she hosted several meetings of a group committed to making White Center an even better place to live. She was just wonderful and very interested in helping our community. And the breakfast food was great!

  7. Tara you will be missed you had a big heart and a warm soul, and it was a honor to be able to call you one of my customers i will miss you.