There are two signs in the windows of Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub on Pacific Avenue:
One advertises weekend breakfast, starting May 5.
The other sign reads: WE SUPPORT YOU LAURA!
Laura is Laura Hanan, the downtown Tacoma gallery owner who has been accused of libel and slander by a religious organization that funds the nightclub which Hanan contends is connected to underage drinking and drug dealing.
"I did not come to Tacoma to open a business to deal with thugs, gangs, all ages shows, drug dealers or panhandlers," said publican Patrick Coyne. "I came to Tacoma to be part of bringing downtown Tacoma back to life and that was the selling point the city of Tacoma sold me on."
I've been panhandled downtown, but it happened near Sea Grill.
Diners: What are your experiences with unsavory street activity in downtown Tacoma?
Restaurant people: What can you do about it?
Everyone: Who you gonna call?
Downtown business owner Laura Hanan took photos of alleged unsavory activity on Pacific Avenue. Top row, left to right: Panhandling; drinking on sidewalk; more panhandling. Bottom row: More panhandling.