South Hill gets another much needed locally owned eatery
Pour Me Bar & Bistro has opened. The 21-and-older-only restaurant and bar opened last week on the border of Graham and Puyallup/South Hill (Graham-allup? Graham-Hill?).
That’s an area with a small but growing locally-owned restaurant scene. Hot tip: Oliver’s Fish and Chips in Graham announced it will reopen soon. Check its social media for updates. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that three – THREE – taquerias have opened nearby this year in South Hill. And Costella’s, the Italian deli and restaurant, will open soon near South Hill Mall. And South Hill’s Fierce County Cider is in the home stretch of permit approvals.
Pour Me Bar & Bistro at 18810 Meridian E. comes with a full cocktail list, a menu of pub-style food and a grown-up vibe for adults only in a community heavy on family-friendly chain spots.
As I told you earlier this year (pre-pandemic), the restaurant’s goal was to be a date-night spot with live entertainment. “The only thing that’s changed is the fact that we cannot have live music right now,” said general manager Arrisa Medina. When such a thing is allowed again, then they plan to launch their live entertainment schedule. They invested in a new sound system they’re eager to use. Keep an eye on the restaurant’s social media (links below) for live music and entertainment updates.
With capacity at 50 percent for restaurants, Pour Me Bar & Bistro plans for a 40-seat capacity right now. For diners wanting a taste of the restaurant without dining inside, that will come a bit later.
“For right now while in Phase 2, we won’t be doing to-go orders to start with,” said Medina. “Our staff is fairly small (due to Covid restrictions/limited capacity) and we want to make sure we are up and running smoothly first. We eventually will be having call-in to-go orders as an option though.” They don’t plan for delivery service.
POUR ME BAR & BISTRO BACKGROUND
This is a first restaurant for Dean Pitigliano, a longtime customer at Shaken Spirits and Brew, which closed about a year ago and previously operated in that space.
“It’s been a bucket-list item for years. When the space became available, I jumped on it,” he told me earlier this year. “
He’s new to restaurants, but not small businesses. He’s the owner of a bathroom refinishing company and a carpet cleaning company with business partner Keith Tolbert. Pitigliano’s wife Deena works in the food industry and assisted in the kitchen plan at Pour Me.
Regulars will spot a familiar chef: George Moore, who once cooked at Shaken, is Pour Me’s chef. The kitchen doubled in size and saw a massive upgrade with several new pieces of equipment allowing for a broad menu.
THE MENU AT POUR ME BAR & BISTRO
The menu includes typical pub offerings with moderate prices: Burgers and sandwiches, pizzas, salads, fryer-heavy appetizers and a succinct list of pub entrees. Nothing is more than $19.99 on the menu.
The appetizer list ranges from garlic fries ($7.99) to loaded nachos ($14.99). The salad menu looks broader than most pub-focused eateries with a choice of steak salad ($18.99), cobb or chef ($15.99), Caesar ($9.99), taco salad ($14.99) and an ahi tuna salad ($19.99). Nine sandwiches and wraps include a battered cod fish sandwich ($12.99) to a roast beef dip ($15.99). All are served with fries.
The burger list includes eight styles of burgers with an option of a veggie patty substitution ($3). Burgers range from the OMG Burger with double-stacked patties, six slices of bacon and two kinds of cheese ($17.99) to mushroom Swiss ($13.99), teriyaki chicken ($14.99) and a patty melt ($15.99).
Six kinds of pizza includes cheese ($12.99), pepperoni ($14.99), veggie or margarita ($14.99) and Thai peanut chicken ($17.99).
Entrees include fettuccine alfredo ($12.99) or seafood fettucini ($22.99), a top sirloin pub steak dinner ($17.99), fish and chips ($15.99), Cajun shrimp ($10.99) or salmon tacos ($15.99) and salmon piccata ($17.99).
The opening specialty cocktail menu includes super boozy concoctions: a Painkiller, a Tito’s dirty martini, a pineapple rum Hurricane, a rum-based Long Island iced tea and a Paloma.
Pour Me Bar & Bistro
Where: 18810 Meridian E., Puyallup
COSTELLA’S, AN ITALIAN EATERY AND DELI, IS OPENING IN SOUTH HILL
Did you catch my story about Costella’s? The South Hill eatery focusing on a classic Italian menu, and with a take-out deli, will open in the coming weeks next door to South Hill Mall. Read all about that here.