Pints & Quarts owners plan openings in Tumwater and Olympia

TUMWATER – Pints Barn, the new pub being launched by the owners of Pints & Quarts, is set to open about Jan. 15 in Tumwater.

Co-owner Scott McKinney said he and co-owner Musong Kim then will focus their attentions on Room 1230, a lounge they plan to open in March in downtown Olympia. Remodeling work is under way at Room 1230, and work continues at Pints Barn, McKinney said.

Pints Barn is at 114 E St., the former site of the Old Red Barn Tavern, which closed last year.

McKinney said Pints Barn will have a rustic feel, incorporating reclaimed barn wood in its design, as well as a fireplace. The owners also planned to install a bell in a cupola atop the building, but that idea was not approved by the city because of concerns about neighborhood noise, Tumwater permit manager Chris Carlson said Thursday.

The pub still will have a bell, but it will be kept inside the building, McKinney said.

Other upcoming changes for the building include wood shutters for the windows and a patio area, possibly with a horseshoe pit, he said. McKinney emphasized that the former Red Barn is not going to be turned into a “country bar,” but Pints Barn will have a rustic and “antique” feel, he said.

Room 1230 will open at 111 Washington St. N.E., the former site of Otto’s Bakery. Otto’s closed in early 2008. Pints & Quarts also operates pubs in Lacey and at Westfield Capital mall.

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