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UPDATED: What’s going on at corner of Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue and Alder?

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Jan. 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
January 17, 2012 8:52 pm

Instead of a six-story retail and apartment complex on the site of a shuttered restaurant, a sports pub will spice up the corner of Sixth Avenue and Alder.

This former Chinese restaurant at Sixth Avenue and Alder is being remodeled into a sports pub. Photo taken Jan. 12, 2011 by Peter Haley / Staff photographer

The Overtime Bar and Grill is headed for a spring opening, said Chuck Bayha, who has managed Tacoma’s Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub and worked in pull-tab consulting.

The theme is a higher end sports pub, with pull-tabs and a menu of burgers and steaks. He said last week that he plans to remodel the former ABC Chinese restaurant, but some key pieces of the restaurant operation are in good shape including venting hoods and grease traps.

Meanwhile, the owners and developers of the corner lot, which holds a former Chinese restaurant, have put plans for The Marc on 6th on hold until they can pay for them.

Tacoma’s Affinity Investments announced plans for 1.5 stories of underground parking, 4,500 square feet of retail and five stories of about 60 apartments in June 2010. More than a year later, financing has proven the problem.

“With the economy and market and the way the banks are financing, it’s been a struggle,” said Kyle Prosser, a broker with First Western Properties who has been marking the project since it was announced and spoke on behalf of the developers. “The plan moving forward is to hope conditions improve and the financing aspects becomes a little looser.”

While Affinity works on that, Prosser signed a lease with Bayha for the pub. The lease has some special provisions, Prosser said, to account for the need to move the pub out quickly if financing comes through for the larger project.

The pub is locked in for at least the first 18 months, Prosser said, to allow Bayha to establish his business. After that, “we have the ability to void the lease and write him a check. And he has first right of refusal to come into a new building,” he said.

UPDATED, 8:50 p.m. (because I just got back to my computer): My colleague Sue Kidd has written a post with more details on the pub. One of our loyal readers and commenters, Jennifer Boutell, asked if minors would be allowed in the new pub. I don’t know the answer, but it’s possible Sue does. I’ll check with her tomorrow.

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