Area couple makes Centralia tropical

The Chronicle (Centralia)July 22, 2013 

The owners of Centralia’s newest hot spot are offering locals a chance to get away.

The Tiki Tap House opened last week on Tower Avenue.

Owners Jordan and Cindy Peabody designed the island-themed pub and restaurant to have a decidedly laid-back feel. “We would love for people to feel like they’re on a mini-vacation,” Cindy Peabody said.

The space features hand-carved tikis, a wooden-top bar with a grass hut roof, lounge chairs with pillows, and photos of the couple’s island vacations, all softly lit by tiki torch.

The family-friendly eatery will offer craft beers, a selection of local and regional wines, classic and island-inspired pizzas with gourmet toppings, oven-toasted sandwiches, salads, wings and appetizers.

The Peabodys decided to open the new establishment after relocating to Centralia from Olympia last year.

“We love the hospitality industry,” Cindy said. “This is an area we have such a passion for.”

The couple previously owned and operated Paradise Pizza in McCleary. After running that business for four years, the Peabodys set their sights on Centralia and closed the McCleary location.

“Centralia has been a part of my DNA since I was little,” said Jordan, an Olympia native, noting his family often visited Country Cousin restaurant.

When Jordan first started dating Cindy in 1996, he took her to McMenamin’s Olympic Club in Centralia.

With sentimental ties to the community, the couple decided to relocate and get involved. Cindy joined the city’s planning commission and Jordan signed up for the historic commission soon after buying a home in the area.

Now, with their new restaurant, the Peabodys say they want to complement what other downtown Centralia businesses are offering rather than compete with them.

Cindy said they hope to have live acoustic and reggae music.

The Peabodys plan to open another eatery in the building next door on the corner of Maple Street and Tower Avenue in the future.

“We just love being part of the community,” Cindy said. “It really feels like home for us.”

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