The Firwood Rock Lounge finally opened Friday night. Granted, when I dropped by the new nightclub seemed a lot more like the old Drake’s Pub – the dance club that previously occupied its location at 734 Pacific Ave., in Tacoma – than a rock club.
Owners Jaey and Suna Hong have been trying to open the new venue since last year. But according to documents and e-mails obtained from the Washington Liquor Control Board and the Tacoma Police Department, their efforts were held up for several months by objections police raised about general manager Hyon Kil and incidents that occurred at the Fabulous Firwood Roadhouse, the establishment the Hongs owned in Fife until it burned down in 2008.
You can listen to audio of Kil talking about plans for the second incarnation of the Firwood in October 2009 here.