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Jan.
6th

Backstage Bar & Grill aiming for Feb. 1 opening

Tacoma could have a new rock venue as soon as Feb. 1. That’s the tentative opening date for Backstage Bar & Grill, the new club that’s in the works at 6409 Sixth Ave., according to general manager Joy Hutt. But she added that opening day largely depends on how soon owner Stephen Tippins can secure a liquor license.

The new club is under construction in the space formerly occupied by Game On Sports Grille. Hutt described the vibe Backstage is going for as part cowgirl bar, part Hard Rock Café. The 6,800-square-foot venue will feature live music, rock

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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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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.
2nd

Stonegate owner hits reset button, eyes Tuesday for soft opening

Stonegate owner Jeff Call sounded a lot more calm, cool and coherent when I called him yesterday.

That’s understandable since when I last ran into him he was in the midst of a truly snake-bitten grand opening for his new rock club/pizza joint, located at 5419 South Tacoma Way.

Learning that a technicality will keep you from getting your liquor license on time, just hours before the Fabulous Wailers are scheduled to play, can frazzle a guy. Realizing that the sound guy’s expertise has been greatly exaggerated, much to the chagrin of said Wailers, makes it worse. That’s not to mention function on just a few hours of sleep, while working feverishly next to piping, hot pizza ovens.
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