Talking business: The new owner lights up, rebrands the Kelso bar The Station Pub & Grub | Local business

One minute from the Amtrak station in Kelso, there is a long-standing bar and grill with a new name and planned renovations to bring people to the center.

Tammy Chandler, 54, said she took over the Maltese tavern in the fall, renaming the Pine Street business The Station Pub & Grub to play near nearby Amtrak Station and the railway. The sign includes a train and the colors blue, gold and white, which represent the Kelso School, where her children attended.

Chandler said he plans to include colors in the design of the pub, which he only serves when he is 21 or older. Interior renovations are planned for the fall, she added, to expand the kitchen. She also plans to add about a dozen tables with two and four umbrella tops in front of the outdoor seating building.

“It will be nice in the summer,” she said.

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Chandler has been a bartender at the bar for about two decades, she added, before buying the Bruce Birchfield pub when he retired after owning the tavern for about 25 years. She said she is the fourth owner of the main product Kelso.

After taking office in October, Chandler said she updated the menu by adding vegan options such as a plant-based Beyond Meat burger and brightened the dining room by clearing the building’s extensive windows. She said she plans to add more vegan options to the menu such as cauliflower.

Cheeseburger and fries at The Station Pub & Grub in Kelso.

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She also added options for meat lovers. Chandler added Rueben, a hot pastrami sandwich and a French dip with pepper jack and jalapeno, she said. The French dip was inspired by a brewer at the Explorer Brewery Company down the street, and as a result he called the brewer apt, she added.

The station has a bar full of draft and bottled beers and is known for its lemon drops, Long Island iced teas and bloody Mary, Chandler said.

Venita Goodrich of Longview has been a regular for many years, she said, visiting The Station for the first time with the previous owner in 2019. Goodrich said she and her “other half” visit the karaoke pub on Friday to watch games on the big screen. TVs and have a bloody Mary on Sunday. The station also offers karaoke on Saturdays and Mondays.

Goodrich said he likes The Station because a mix of ages visit the bar and special foods are always a hit.

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“The food is amazing,” she said.

The bar offers classic cheeseburgers as well as burgers, including a western burger with barbecue sauce, onion rings, ranch chipotle, pepper jack and bacon. Chandler said The Station also offers a popular burger called Mr. O, which adds a whole Denver omelette on a beef patty and is served on a bun.

The bar and grill include live music once a month and includes seven pool tables, a football table and darts. The bar is part of a local billiards league, with registrations usually in August and games starting in September, Chandler said. At any time, people can play billiards for $ 3 an hour or for free, from 4 to 7 pm, if they buy a drink, she added.

Outside The Station Pub & Grub

Owner Tammy Chandler stands in front of The Station Pub & Grub Monday in Kelso. The bar and grill on Pine Street used to be called the Maltese Tavern.

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Chandler said they visit the bar regularly, but the friendly atmosphere also attracts beginners.

“We have amazing food and amazing staff,” she said. “It’s a fun place to go out.”

Talking Business is a series that includes local new or expanded businesses and prints every Tuesday. The series was stopped during the pandemic and recently restarted.

Contact the Daily News City Editor Hayley Day at 360-577-2541 or [email protected] for possible inclusion in the series.

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