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Tacoma’s downtown rock nightclub Hell’s Kitchen is closing

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on June 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm with 8 Comments »
June 27, 2012 10:20 pm

Hell’s Kitchen, Tacoma’s hard rocking nightclub that’s hosted a mix of local and national acts for the past 10 years, is closing up shop.

A post on its Facebook page this afternoon read:

“After 10 years of Rocking tacoma area Hell’s Kitchen will be closing its doors for good after this weekend. I’m really sorry to all the bands and fans that had shows coming up. Ill keep you posted on the larger shows. I hope to see you all this weekend!!”

In late 2009 the popular Tacoma rock club relocated to 928 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma after seven years anchoring the local rock scene on Sixth Avenue.

It was a cost-saving move for the club owners after they faced spending $50,000 to get the old venue in compliance with new state sprinkler requirements. The new space allowed for bigger crowds.

Late this afternoon I spoke with Micah Parker, a cook at Hell’s Kitchen, who confirmed the closing. He said Saturday will be the final night.

Friday’s show with “American Idol” James Durbin will go on as planned as will Saturday’s show.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. MrCarleone says:

    Good Riddence !

  2. SwordofPerseus says:

    Sad, this was one of the few all age venues where kids could go hear some live music. Seems more and more paces where kids can safely gather are becoming more rare. I don’t think this is good for social development or for lack of a better term a place where kids can be kids.

  3. notimetobleed says:

    After just going to see “Rock of Ages” I was all pumped to go see a face-melting rocker at HK. This sucks!

    Thanks for the memories HK!

  4. Pecksbadboy says:

    I agree with MrCarleone.
    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  5. Philthy2 says:

    @SwordofPerseus
    Funny that you say it is is one of the few all ages venues where kids could hear some live music.. They just recently as of 3 or so months ago they started doing all ages shows again. I tried to book some all ages shows there, and they asked for a ridiculous amount of money for a week day show. Also, there is the Red Room, which was opened soon after the Viaduct shut down by the same guys. All they do is all ages shows.. Also, how is HK good for the social development of kids? Bunch of old farts drinking in the bar getting a bad influence? Alright… Also there are plenty of houses in the area that do shows. You just have to know where to look. Get involved in the music scene and there will always be a show where kids can hang out and get way better influences than having drunk people stumbling around a room.

  6. salmonhead says:

    Terrific. One step closer to a downtown with absolutely nothing in it

  7. fryingpan says:

    Sad news — I hope somebody else gives a music club a shot down there. Meanwhile, don’t forget about the New Frontier near Freighthouse Square and occasional all ages spots like Tahoma Tea Co. But there’s nowhere for metal in Tacoma or maybe the whole Puget Sound area like Hells Kitchen.

  8. geezfools says:

    rubbish or not, this is bad news for the development of Tacomas downtown, simple as that. Hells Kitchen will soon become another empty spot on Pac Ave and at the end of the day, this is what Tacoma doesn’t need. I don’t frequent every spot in downtown because it’s not for me, but I did frequent HK once or twice a month, if not more often. Those dollars I was spending there will most likely not be spent elsewhere. They had cheap tacos on tuesday nights and it was generally pretty low key. Also they had music I was into on occasion.
    So to anyone who is thinking, “good riddance”. Shame on you, this isn’t about what you like or what you think about, it’s about losing dollars being spent downtown.

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