The space that held longtime nightclub Hell’s Kitchen will reopen on Friday, Sept. 7 as The Loch’s.
I spoke with new owner and former Hell’s Kitchen booker Lonnie Reed today. He said The Loch’s will feature a wider spectrum of acts than its predecessor.
“We wanted to do something more welcoming – to any genre of music,” Reed said.
Hell’s Kitchen closed its doors at 928 Pacific Ave. in late June when its four owners could not financially sustain the business. It had been a fixture on the Tacoma music scene for 10 years.
Reed and former HK booker Ken “Flash” Connel will handle the booking while former HK owner Pat Dawson will manage the bar.
Reed is making changes, starting with the name. “Hell’s Kitchen” had its appeal but it was an impediment to booking some acts, Reed said.
They settled on “The Loch’s” after considering turning the space in to an Irish bar.
“It’s up for anybody’s interpretation,” Reed, who calls himself an old school, hardcore kid, said. “I just didn’t want it to be too hipster.”
Reed also owns RGW Media, a small Tacoma label and booking company. And while he calls Tacoma a “hardcore punk and metal town” he will be booking indie and progressive acts at The Loch’s. And even country.
Reed is also going to lighten up the interior and the menu. He’ll be offering fish and chips, sandwiches and salads. But, “If you want to fry something we’ll definitely do that.”
The lineup for Friday, Sept. 7 features Helles, A Lesson in Chaos
and Psychonaut Deathtrip.