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Poulsbo’s Portside Pub to become ‘Brass Kraken’

The former Portside, a beloved waterfront bar in Poulsbo, will reemerge from the dusty depths of renovation as the Brass Kraken Pub, according to posts on Facebook.

New business owners have a long list of improvements planned, including fresh flooring (that green carpet was getting long in the tooth):

Look for the Brass Kraken to open in late February or early March.

U.S. Open pumped $134M into regional economy

golf1_199469_ver1.The U.S. Open at Chambers Bay was expected to bring a lot of green to the Northwest. 

The weeklong event lived up to expectations, according to an economic impact analysis commissioned by the USGA. 

The study, conducted by Northwest economists, estimated the golf championship gave a $134 million boost to the economies of Pierce, King, Kitsap and Thurston counties.

Local governments spent about $7.6 million on the event, with more than $4 million coming from Pierce County.

The tournament, which ran June 15-21, attracted about 110,000 unique attendees to the Pierce County golf course. More than half came from surrounding counties, while one-third traveled from other states.

Chambers3_17063782_ver1.0_640_480“No other one week event in the history of the Pacific Northwest has had a greater economic impact,” Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy said in a new release.

The direct economic benefit to Kitsap County was relatively small, but not insignificant.

The report estimated the county’s hotel/motel sector reaped a $349,000 increase in revenue in June (hoteliers were already having a good year). Many Kitsap golf courses reported an uptick in traffic around the time of the U.S. Open.

Tourism boosters hope a more greater benefit to the county will materialize in the future, as spectators exposed to the region through the U.S. Open return to visit.

Port Orchard’s One Ten Lounge eyes reopening

Port Orchard’s One Ten Lounge closed at the end of 2014, but its owners are looking to reopen in a larger space downtown.

Don Ryan, who owns the One Ten cocktail bars in Port Orchard and Poulsbo, said he and partner Kimberly Cherry decided not to renew the lease on the 110 Harrison Ave. location in Port Orchard.

1-10-logoRyan and Cherry put the business up for sale last summer, but hadn’t found a buyer. Ryan said the small bar was doing OK business, but not thriving.

It was still a difficult decision to close, he said.

“Of course it does have a lot of sentimental value, a lot of friends, a lot of memories in that establishment,” he said. “We just made a decision we can’t feed it financially.”

The Harrison Avenue location was only about 800 square feet. Ryan said he would like to reopen in an expanded space somewhere in the downtown core.

“If we kept it in Port Orchard it would certainly be in the heart of downtown,” he said.

Poulsbo’s One Ten Lounge will remain open, Ryan said. The waterfront location is roughly double the size of the One Ten in Port Orchard, with room for a DJ and dance floor.

The Port Orchard One Ten Lounge opened in 2005, and was bought by Ryan and Cherry in 2006. They opened the Poulsbo location in 2010.

Ryan led development of the Port Orchard Public Market and operates several other local businesses.