The Flying Boots, a Tacoma restaurant icon, has found new wings

Staff writerJanuary 8, 2014 

Exterior of the Flying Boots Cafe & Spur Room.

PETER HALEY — Staff photographer Buy Photo

The Flying Boots will fly again soon.

After 75 years in business, the Lincoln District bar and grill closed last year under orders from a lender.

State records gathered Wednesday show that the property and building were sold last month for $245,000 to an enterprise called 614 S. 38th St. LLC.

“It’s a small group of guys that own sports bars,” said Michael Fort, general manager of the newly named Flying Boots & Wings.

Currently being remodeled, the new Boots should open by the end of this month.

“The theme will be country-ish,” Fort said. The restaurant and bar will feature eight television monitors because “sports is going to be big. The theme is going to be a ‘rock and country roadhouse’" where “a Hard Rock Café meets ‘Coyote Ugly’ in a dive bar.”

“We want it to be a gathering spot with entertainment that happens seven nights a week, with Bingo, Ladies’ Night, darts.”

Along with hosted karaoke and a d.j., add an eventual emphasis on breakfast – where the menu will list a 13-egg omelet. In the bar, expect a dozen different beers on tap.

A document filed with the Secretary of State identifies the registered agent of 614 S. 38th St. LLC as Yong Kim of Auburn, and Kim as the executor with Kiman Brothers Investments, LLC of Newcastle.

Kim said Wednesday that he and his partner, Jihyung An, both have experience in the restaurant trade. An currently operates a bar in Renton, and last year the partners were looking for a location for a new business.

“We looked in Federal Way and Tacoma,” Kim said. “We did some research, and saw what a historical place (Flying Boots) was. We want to see if we could bring it back, and keep some of that tradition.”

Kim said the partners will invest a total of $369,000 in the restaurant and bar ­­- which will maintain a tradition born nearly four generations ago.

“It’s important to keep what there was,” Fort said. “We’ll keep the sign, the juke boxes, the Spur Room sign. We’ve done some major remodeling, moved the bar.”

When the facility opens, Fort said he would like to have former owner Peggy Warren participate.

Warren was featured in a series of articles last year chronicling her loss of the Flying Boots, which she had owned for 27 years.

“It’s been a major struggle for the last several years,” she said last July.

On the last night under Warren’s ownership, a few patrons at the bar proceeded to damage or steal many of the iconic mementos on the walls and at the tables. After the business closed, burglars broke in over a weekend and stole or destroyed personal property, records and food.

On Wednesday, hearing the news that the business had found new owners who would keep the heart of the Boots alive, Warren said, “I’m glad it’s sold. It’s been a tough four months. It’s been really stressful and sad. I’m still trying to find a job.”

Fort said he looks forward to speaking with Warren.

“It’s kind of like we’re adopting her baby,” he said. “We’d love to talk to her, to see if she wanted to be part of it, to be an ambassador.”

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