A breakup of the partnership that operated two Big Whisky Saloons will force closure of the country and rock bar’s Tacoma branch three years after it opened.
The bar at 100 S. Ninth St. will hold a weekend-long farewell event May 30 through June 1. Big Whisky Saloon’s Olympia location will remain open. That location opened in 2011.
“Unfortunately, our partnership was unable to come to terms on continuing the Big Whisky brand in our Tacoma location,” said Paul Muller, one of the bar’s co-owners. Muller said the partnership split is “mutual and amicable.”
Roger Rahil, co-owner of both Big Whisky Saloon locations, will continue to oversee operations
in Olympia. Rahil said he plans to expand the concept, perhaps reopening again in Tacoma sometime in the future.
Rahil said he’s heard, but can’t confirm, that another nightclub intends to open in the former Big Whisky Tacoma location.