No more booze in downtown Puyallup?

Downtown retail stores are petitioning on behalf of Historic Downtown Puyallup to obtain denial of the liquor license permits for Puyallup River Ale and Scotty’s Bar & Grill. Currently, there are nine licensed liquor serving bars/pubs/lounges/taverns in a two block radius in the downtown core of Puyallup. Downtown retail stores have worked diligently to gather petition signatures. Retail store owners are aware that the closing date for Scotty’s Bar & Grill is the end of December; therefore, they are submitting all petitions gathered as December 19, 2012.  They will continue to obtain petition signatures for Puyallup River Ale through the first week of March 2013.

A spokesperson for the petition said “Last August Pioneer Bakery closed after 96 years.  The owner could not find a buyer and she was forced, due to illness, to close the doors.  Much to our amazement, a banner soon appeared in the window announcing the Puyallup River Ale House.  Retail store owners around the bakery were surprised at how quickly a tavern had locked in.  A count of the local taverns/pubs/bars/lounges was made and downtown retail was surprised at what they found!  Nine were located in a two block radius of the historic downtown core.  Retail owners had to admit they were so busy running their businesses they had not kept up with the liquor permits being granted to downtown establishments.  They decided “nine was enough” and it was time to take a stand and let the Puyallup City Council and the Liquor Control Board know that additional liquor serving establishments were not welcome.”

“The Puyallup Main Street director was contacted.  Retail stores were sure the Main Street Association would want to help us.  We were told that our goal of stopping future taverns would affect the economic growth of downtown Puyallup.  ‘How is that so?’ we asked and were told by the director, that if Puyallup did not have the taverns, we could have empty buildings.  So, retail stores decided to speak with some of our city fathers.  Surely they would help us.  During conversation with some members of the Puyallup City Council, downtown retail quickly learned there was nothing in the City license regulations that prohibited a town full of taverns!  City Fathers suggested we take our concerns to the Liquor Control Board.”

“The Liquor Control Board was contacted; they suggested we start a petition; this was the first week of November. We have until the end of December to submit our petition against one of the upcoming taverns: The old 2J’s now called Scotty’s Bar & Grill.”

“The race was on and we are now at the end of December.  Downtown retail put petitions on their counters and asked customers for their support.  People were amazed at our story and at the number of liquor serving establishments already doing business in such a small area. Five hundred signatures were gathered and will be submitted to the Liquor Control Board by Friday, December 21.  The second tavern requesting a liquor permit is the Puyallup River Ale House and the Pioneer Bakery, has a permit process that ends the middle of March. Retail will continue to gather signatures on this establishment through the end of February. Customers of historic downtown retail may visit any of the local retail stores and sign a petition and their support will be deeply appreciated. If a petition is not on the counter, retail staff will direct you to a store that does have a petition available. Some of the downtown retail stores were concerned about repercussions and, although they supported the petition, did not want to display a petition. Other store owners felt they did not want to be responsible for keeping a tavern owner from experiencing their dream.”

“Customers signing our petition express concerns that downtown Puyallup is well on their way to becoming a Seattle ‘bell town,’ a downtown Shelton, a downtown Centralia, a rerun of the old Auburn, before it was cleaned up and had 50+ bars in 7 blocks. We need to stop the trend ‘now.’ City Council needs a cap on the liquor serving establishments in historic downtown Puyallup. This being said, the nine that are currently doing business in downtown Puyallup are working hard to make sure Puyallup stays a safe city to visit in the evening. Extra staff has been hired to monitor customer’s served and taxi cabs are provided for those who cannot safely drive home.  Volunteers help clean up the parking lots of broken bottles and litter on Saturday and Sunday mornings.”

When asked how she will know what she is doing is making a difference/going to work, the spokesperson replied, “Liquor Control Board has said they will review the petitions for the old 2J’s, now Scotty’s Bar and Grill within a week. We are new at this process.  We believe the liquor control board will hear our plea and help us by denying the liquor permits for both Scotty’s Bar and Grill and the Puyallup River Ale house.”

For more information about this cause, visit “No more booze in downtown Puyallup” on their Facebook page. “Please visit our page and like us” the spokesperson concluded.

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for


11 thoughts on “No more booze in downtown Puyallup?”

  1. Sounds like a good ol fashion Salem witch hunt to me. This country is built on freedoms and rights and thousands of men and women have died defending that right. Even if you agree or disagree with it. If you personally take offense to something. Then you do have that right to complain. And if you attempt to deny someone the right to there lively hood. Then all that will do is cause frustration and anger. I’m not defending the right to have alcohol. I’m defending the right to have and own your own business. Rather the work to eliminate the business’s then I’d call those business owners together and discuss the concerns. For example ensure the alcohol business owners follow the letter to the law. Rowdy customers should be escorted from the business’s. Also refuse to serve drinks to a person before they get slobbering drunk.

    Also strongly encourage safe rides home, Designated driver programs and co-operate with law enforcement. I would also go as far as to ask the alcohol business owners to chip in (or) ask them to buy cameras to put up outside to help protect the surroundinh business’s from angry drunk customers. Playing devils advocate here. I’m sure that if I visit the non-alcohol business then I can find something offensive there. Even if it’s a bumper sticker or something considered trivial. And if I do find something like that. Then do I ask that business to pack up, move or even close down? No. Instead all the business owners should come together and work the potential issues and concerns. Or stand by for heavy rolls as we say in the Navy.

  2. The problem is that Downtown Puyallup in the evenings is so popular and congested that traffic is a nightmare and there is nowhere to park. Allowing yet another competing alcohol serving small business to enter the equation will simply overwhelm Downtown Puyallup. Patrons will need to be bussed in and employees will perhaps need to carpool. Maybe set up a Downtown Puyallup commuting van just for this purpose. Plus, everyone knows that alchohol is the root cause of social problems. Frozen yogurt, that’s the economic future of Downtown Puyallup nightlife…..

  3. Prohibitions have never achieved their intended goals because people figure out ways to have what they want anyway. All the denial will accomplish is cause more crowding, and the people will still get the alcohol they are looking for. Trying to bring about responsible behavior by irresponsible actions can only make the problem worse.

  4. I can see both sides of the issue, there’s a morality aspect of it but at the same time we shouldn’t limit the growth of our businesses in the city.

  5. I’d like to go on record that I am in full support of Puyallup River Ale House.

    It’s surprising that a town would prefer a storefront to remain empty rather than welcome a new business that’s locally family owned. Support the new alehouse, local families, the continued revitalization of downtown Puyallup, and entrepreneurship in Washington State. Stand firm against this petition.

  6. OK they are restaurants. A few are dumps that does bring in a bad element once in a while. What Puyallup River is bringing is some class to the downtown. Are you kidding me? Who are these business owners that has a problem bringing a better element into downtown? Parking has always been a problem downtown but the Puyallup City Counsel sees fit to charge new businesses 1000’s of dollars for that( unless your friends like the owners of Fireside Pizza then you pay 0) then actually help with the problem.

  7. Chris Broderick

    This is ridiculous. Puyallup should welcome the Puyallup River Alehouse with open arms. This is an establishment with quality local ownership with genuine care and connection to the community. Don’t be fooled into signing this petition. Let you money do the talking. Go meet the folks behind it. Have a beer. Listen. Then decide with your wallet. Legislating against the American Dream is not the answer.

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  9. Puyallup River Brewing coming into the downtown area would be my only reason for visiting that area. Have the shop owners not realized that every new business creates the potential for new customers for themselves? Besides, I know that Puyallup River is collaborating with My Cheese Shoppe to serve cheese plates to their patrons. Collaborations like this is what community is about.
    This isn’t a biker bar going into downtown, it’s a micro/ nano brewery homegrown in Puyallup that will be serving craft beer. That usually isn’t the stomping ground for the younger crowd that’s going out to get sloshed.
    I hope people consider the full spectrum before signing this petition!

  10. The 2Js has been in existence. The License from 2Js would pass to new ownership, not add a new establishment that sells liquor. Let’s get rid of Crocketts, Mazatlan and Casa Mia while we are at it. Okay, that was sarcastic. Downtown Puyallup is in need of more social entertainment. A core of restaurants, pubs and yes even dive bars will stimulate a flailing corridor. Let’s add culture to our city not homogenize it.

  11. Does anyone know the last name of the former owners of 2J’s tavern? I know their first names are Stan and Kathy. Thanks!

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