Here’s what’s opening in the Flanagan’s pub space in downtown Puyallup
Downtown Puyallup is getting another lounge, but it’ll still feel familiar to locals.
On or around March 17, if all goes as planned, Mingle will open where Flanagan’s Craft Pub previously operated at 120 S. Meridian.
It comes from the same owners, Tim and Kari Carson Mellema, so consider this a refresh, not an overhaul from new owners.
Flanagan’s opened in 2015 with an Irish vibe, but the new theme at the Mingle space will feel more like a cocktail lounge than it will be a spot for a pint of Guinness and shepherd’s pie.
When the most recent shutdown shuttered their restaurant in November (they opted not to do take-out), they thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reboot.
It was also time, after five years of operation, to rehab the interior.
“I spent two days refinishing all the wood,” said Kari, who is leading the redesign of the space. “We’ve freshened it up quite a bit,” she said.
She ordered a tufted black-and-red couch with a coordinating bench to replace the old couch in the lounge area.
She also has teamed up with a local Puyallup artist to have his artwork displayed throughout the space (his artwork also will be for sale). She also commissioned the artist to create new signs and permanent art for Mingle.
The pool table with the red top stays put. In fact, they’ll be beefing up the pool side of the business. Kari also used the red felt top on the pool table as the color inspiration for the decor scheme of Mingle. The tufted couch will have a flash of red, the signs above the bar will carry that same shade and expect other pops of red throughout the space.
The menu will also shift, said Kari. They’ll keep the bar’s famous pretzel, the wings and the avocado salad, but expect the menu will get a bit of an overhaul. The bar has more than two dozen taps, but the selection is pared back a bit due to current dining restrictions. Expect about a dozen tap choices.
LIke their sister restaurant The Forum, located a block away, they’ll develop some signature cocktails that will fit a cocktail lounge vibe.
Kari said visitors will find a space that has been cleaned up from floor to ceiling. “We scrubbed everything. We refinished all the wood. We moved some of the TVs. We put in a new sound system. It’s going to feel really fresh in there,” she said.
As always has been the case, the bar and restaurant will remain 21-and-older only.
Where: 120 S. Meridian, Puyallup; 253-268-3246
Hours: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays; 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays: noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays
Please note: This bar is 21 and older only