1776 Tenino Bar Will Bring American History and Community Events to Thurston County This Summer

green velvet couches, leather chairs at tables, a bar, two big screen tvs and a cowhide inside 1779 Tenino Bar
Relax with your friends in the cozy atmosphere at this visit-worthy spot in Thurston County. Photo credit: Jade Johnson

Tenino is a charming town situated in southern Thurston County. The area is set to welcome a unique addition to its growing list of attractions. 1776 Tenino Bar has been in the works by local residents Ross and Jade Johnson since last year, and they’re excited to get things underway in June 2023. The bar promises to be a unique establishment that merges American history with vibrant social experiences. As Tenino continues to draw visitors with its rich heritage and natural beauty, 1776 Tenino Bar will undoubtedly become a must-visit destination.

bar tables and chairs with two big screen TVs at 1779 Tenino Bar
Enjoy a drink in the unique atmosphere at 1776 Tenino Bar. Photo credit: Jade Johnson

A Locally-Owned Event Space in Tenino

The Johnsons have been proud residents of Tenino for many years. “Ross was born and raised in Tenino,” Jade shares. “I’m from Puyallup, but I moved here over 10 years ago when Ross and I got together. I really feel like I’m from Tenino at this point. I’m grateful for how the community has welcomed me.”

If you’re in Tenino and you want to support local, look no further than the businesses owned by Ross and Jade. “Jade has owned and run The Kodiak Room for a while now,” Ross shares. The Kodiak Room is a popular event space in the area known for hosting weddings, concerts and other community events. “We figured this could be a great opportunity to have a fun bar area right next door.”

With their experience and passion for hospitality, they decided in 2022 that it was time to embark on a new venture by opening 1776 Tenino Bar. Being deeply rooted in the community, they aim to create a welcoming atmosphere that celebrates both the town’s history and its future.

Inside of 1776 Tenino Bar with old portraits of Presidents on the wall, bar chairs and a shuffleboard against the wall
Swing by for some drinks and shuffleboard at 1776 Tenino Bar. Photo credit: Jade Johnson

Tenino Bar with an American History Speakeasy Theme

1776 Tenino Bar is set to offer an immersive experience for anyone seeking great drinks and classic energy. The captivating American history theme will be headlined by a beautiful wall made of native Tenino sandstone that has stood since 1904. Additionally, the bar’s interior will be adorned with historical artifacts and vintage decor to create a truly nostalgic ambiance. Cozy couches and fresh food will round out the experience for families and late-night visitors alike.

Tenino’s newest bar will also serve as an extension of the previously mentioned Kodiak Room event space. The two will be connected by a large archway made to emulate the original brick and mortar archways found in older buildings in the region. These combined areas will provide an ideal setting for private gatherings, themed parties and community events. The unique blend of history and modern amenities will ensure that visitors can enjoy a memorable evening steeped in a cozy and historical atmosphere.

two large leather couches with raw rood tables and a cowhide are in front of a brick archway leading to an open room with tables and chairs
Host events and share space between The Kodiak Room and 1776 Tenino Bar for your special night. Photo credit: Jade Johnson

1776 Tenino Traveling Bar

In an innovative move to reach a wider audience, the Johnsons have exciting plans to introduce a mobile version of the 1776 Tenino Bar. This traveling bar will bring the same historical charm and warm hospitality to different locations, allowing people across the region to experience the unique concept. The first mobile bar setup will debut at the T90 Ranch in Tenino during its summer events.

The T90 Ranch is a space focused on equine rehabilitation and conditioning. It also plays host to camping and large events throughout the year. Between the T90 Ranch and events like Oregon Trail Days in Tenino, there should be plenty of opportunities to initiate this project. Eventually, they hope to bring their ideas to more event spaces throughout Washington.

Visit 1776 Tenino Bar This Summer for a Taste of American History in Thurston County

As Tenino’s tourism industry continues to grow, the upcoming opening of 1776 Tenino Bar brings a refreshing twist to the region’s offerings. There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the Johnsons’ newest project. The 1776 Tenino Bar is poised to become a prominent fixture in the community.

So, mark your calendars for this summer in Tenino. Whether you’re a history buff or you’re simply looking for a distinctive venue to enjoy an evening with friends, 1776 Tenino Bar is sure to have something for you.

1776 Tenino Bar
Next to the Kodiak Room – 225 Sussex Avenue W, Tenino

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