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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