Puyallup and Graham, you’re getting that date-night spot you want
Pour Me Bar & Bistro, opening at 18810 Meridian E. this spring, was born out of Dean Pitigliano’s need for a date-night spot that comes with a full cocktail menu, carries great beers on tap and hosts live music.
The South Hill resident is creating all that in his new 21-and-older-only bar and restaurant at the location that was previously home to Shaken Spirits and Brew, which closed in the summer of 2019.
Pitigliano has never owned a restaurant or bar before. “It’s been a bucket-list item for years. When the space became available, I jumped on it,” he said.
He has plenty of experience running small businesses. He has operated a bathroom refinishing company and also a carpet cleaning company with business partner Keith Tolbert, who is helping open the South Hill bar (but will also keep working at the carpet business). Pitigliano’s wife Deena is also helping plan the kitchen at Pour Me when she’s not at her day job working in the food industry.
POUR ME BAR & BISTRO MENU
Expect Pour Me Bar and Bistro menu to be pub fare at its core, but dishes will carry upscale touches, explained Pitigliano. He described a full burger menu and a robust fresh sheet with daily specials. He’s still working out menu details, but one thing is for certain: George Moore will be the chef. Regulars of the former Shaken might recognize Moore from his past tenure at that restaurant and bar.
Pitigliano said he’s expanding the footprint of the kitchen to accommodate a larger menu. “We’ve doubled the size of the kitchen. We’ve got deep fryers, a big oven, a full hood system. We’ve got all new equipment,” he said.
Another former Shaken employee has joined the staff at Pour Me. Arissa Medina will serve as Pour Me Bar and Bistro’s manager. She’s currently working with a bar consultant on a brand new cocktail list. Expect to see robust tap and wine lists. Want to have a say in what kind of cocktail menu the bar has? You’ll probably have your chance on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “That’s probably something we’ll be putting out soon to our social media followers,” he said. “We had overwhelming response when we asked what people wanted on our tap list.”
Pitigliano said he expects that Pour Me will appeal to a broad spectrum of diners. “White collar, blue collar, I imagine everyone coming there. There will be people drinking Coors Lie next to somebody drinking a nice glass of wine. Whether someone is in work jeans or black tie, they’re all welcome.”
Entertainment – namely live music – will be a regular offering. “We’ve got a little bit bigger stage and a new sound system,” he said. Artists such as locally known musician Jeff Mims will perform on that stage. “We’re looking at adding a standup comedy night as well,” he said.
The footprint of the restaurant will remain mostly the same, but the seating will look different. They’ve added more bench seating and have changed the high-top table configuration so that tables can be pushed together or taken apart for large or small crowds.
The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner daily and Pitigliano has plans for a happy hour program. Here’s something interesting. When the football season starts, he’s thinking about expanding hours to serve weekend breakfast.
POUR ME BAR & BISTRO
PERRY’S COCKTAIL BAR ALSO COMING TO PUYALLUP
Perry’s Cocktail Bar is also opening in Puyallup. If all goes as planned, the doors of the 21-and-older cocktail bar and bistro will open this month. Read all about it here.