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Dec.
8th

Owner says Sax on Sixth has been sold

Sax on Sixth has been sold, according to owner Jenny Yee. “It’s really tough times,” she said, declining to go into much further detail than, “Someone will re-open.”

Yee and her husband, Andy, opened the club at 2309 Sixth Ave., in Tacoma, last year. They also own North China Garden Restaurant next door. More details as we learn them.

Nov.
20th

First look at Vanity

I took my first peek at Vanity last night. That’s the new nightclub that opened last weekend at 5602 S. Washington St., the cavernous space previously occupied by Station 56. And while I noticed a few good cosmetic improvements – the stage is now on the left hand side of the room, for starters – I left really confused about exactly what they’re going for over there.
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April
23rd

Surreal Ultra Lounge doing test run

The woman who answered to phone over at Surreal Ultra Lounge said they’re doing a test run tonight with friends and family with plans to be up and running at 728 Pacific Ave., in Tacoma, on April 30. Sounds like ownership is on schedule, unlike the Firwood Lounge, their other property on the block.

I’ve been trying to track down GM Hyon Kil to get the skinny on both. Meanwhile, here’s what he said about the Firwood when I talked to him last fall.

April
14th

Cans is going country, the Vault rebooting as Encore

Today, a big players in Tacoma nightlife outlined two new projects coming to downtown. Club owner Jon Tartaglia tells me Cans is going country under a new name, the Big Whisky Saloon; and the nearby Vault will soon re-open as an upscale, new dance club, Encore.

Big Whisky is a concept conceived by Tartaglia’s partner, Roger Rahil. And they expected to unveil the new theme at 100 S. Ninth St., on April 30. Tartaglia and Rahil also expect to open Encore a few weeks later at S. 11th and Pacific Avenue.

Tartaglia and Rahil ran adjoining downtown nightclubs the Loft and 21 Commerce, arguably Tacoma’s hottest spot when they sold to Maggie O’Toole’s owner Jeff Corbin in 2006. Renamed the Loft at 21 Commerce, the bars closed in 2008.
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March
31st

Gruv Lounge to fill Sixth Ave space vacated by Hell’s Kitchen

Tacoma’s popular Sixth Avenue bar strip may have another hot spot this summer in the spot that Tacoma’s Hell’s Kitchen abandoned for downtown late last year.

The owners of Gruv Lounge & Nightclub – a dance club under construction at 3829 Sixth Ave., formerly home to popular rock club, Hell’s Kitchen, which moved downtown – applied for a liquor license on March 25.

Jason Rim said he bought the space a month and a half ago, attracted by the synergy building on the Sixth Avenue. “There are some good bars around there, like Jazzbones and Chopstix and some

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Dec.
16th

It’s official! New Hell’s Kitchen will open on New Year’s Eve

Recently, I reported that Hell’s Kitchen ownership was eyeing New Year’s Eve for the grand opening of the new facility, located in downtown Tacoma at 928 Pacific Ave. And now it’s official, with The Jet City Fix, Atomic Outlaws and Wide Eye Panic confirmed for a free show that will start at 8 p.m. Check the venue’s site for the most up to date info.

Dec.
3rd

Take a tour of South Tacoma Way’s newest hot spot, the Stonegate (video)

The Stonegate, South Tacoma Way’s newest nightclub-slash-pizzeria, is the subject of Friday’s GO cover story. And I thought I’d post some video of owner Jeff Call taking me on a tour for those of you who are curious but haven’t checked the place out yet. Enjoy!

Oct.
9th

What to expect from the new Firwood Rock Lounge (audio)

I remember when Drake’s Pub – formerly located at 734 Pacific Ave., a.k.a. the Drake – anchored the busiest club district in Tacoma. I had just moved to Grit City, and driving past that place still brings back fond memories – not to mention a few that make me wish that little doohickey from the “Men in Black” movies was real.

But alas, the Drake building has lay dormant since 2005. It’s changed hands a couple of times, and I’ve heard rumors through the grapevine of plans to spruce the place back up and turn it into a new nightclub. There was even a story floating around about a group opening an exotic toy store there a while back. But finally someone is actually tapping into that spacious joint’s potential – namely Jaey and Suna Hong, who owned the Fabulous Firwood roadhouse in Fife until it burned down last year.
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