Tacoma’s West End Pub & Grill has new owners
The West End Pub & Grill in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood has new owners. The longtime bar that has operated since 1975 will join an arsenal of neighborhood bars owned by Jeff and Helen Fraychineaud.
The Fraychineauds started their neighborhood bar empire with the Parkway Tavern, long revered as one of the best watering holes in town.
Next, they acquired Hank’s, the neighborhood spot that’s become known as a go-to destination for delicious pizzas, super inexpensive daily specials and frosty pitchers of brew.
Then came Cole’s, the restaurant and bar in Ruston that the Fraychineauds spent more than a few years making over from its former life as a derelict building. Cole’s opened in 2017 and I became an instant fan of their American Joe burger and their pulled pork sandwiches.
Next, in 2018, the Fraychineaud’s purchased Terry’s Office Tavern in Tacoma’s Proctor neighborhood. At the time of that sale, Terry’s longtime owners, Lori and Mike Graham, told me they couldn’t imagine better caretakers for the bar their family owned for nearly 40 years.
“They (Jeff and Helen) get the neighborhood-bar concept. It’s becoming more of a dying breed. You’ve got to keep these things alive,” Mike Graham told me in 2018.
And now the Fraychineauds are adding the West End Pub to their list of neighborhood bars.
WEST END PUB WILL REMAIN THE SAME
What will change at the West End?
Nothing. Just as with the purchase of Terry’s Office Tavern, they intend to keep the West End Pub going as usual and that means keeping the menu intact and the pull-tabs plentiful. That means the pub steaks, baked potatoes, long list of burgers and pizzas and the stiff pours will remain.
“If it’s not broke, don’t try and fix it,” said Julie Ball, who is the right-hand woman for the Fraychineaud family of bars. “We have no intention of changing anything,” she said.
And that means the employees, too. Once the bar reopens, they intend to bring everybody back who wants to come back.
For now, the West End Pub and all of the Fraychineaud-owned bars – the Parkway, Hank’s, Cole’s and Terry’s Office Tavern – remain closed during the pandemic. They’re discussing a timeline for reopening. That’s not likely to happen before Pierce County enters Phase 3.
“We run our businesses and treat our employees like family and while money, granted, is totally awesome, we want everybody to be comfortable in their life, and work hard, and we need to take care of them, as well,” said Ball.
They won’t reopen their bars until they feel confident there are minimal risks to employees and patrons.
“Our interest is that the employees feel confident and strong about their health and we’ll make it as safe as possible when we do reopen,” said Ball.
WEST END OWNERSHIP
The Lindquist family that owned the West End Pub declined requests to comment for this article, but former employees and longtime bar regulars have reported that Jason Lindquist died in May. The family’s other restaurant, Jason’s in Puyallup, closed its doors in May.
FRAYCHINEAUD OWNED BARS
West End Pub & Grill: 3840 6th Ave., Tacoma; 253-759-2896; https://westendpubandgrill.com/
Parkway Tavern: 313 N. I St., Tacoma; 253-383-8748; https://www.facebook.com/TheParkwayTavern/
Hank’s Pizza and Beer: 524 N K St., Tacoma; 253-627-3480; https://www.facebook.com/Hanks-Bar-and-Pizza-272720302586/
Cole’s: 5811 N. 51st St., Ruston; 253-267-1914; https://www.facebook.com/colesruston/
Terry’s Office Tavern: 3410 N Proctor St., Tacoma; 253-752-6262; https://www.facebook.com/terrysoffice/
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