The only people outside The Bair Drug & Hardware building these days are repairmen.
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That 180-day time frame for repairs on Steilacoom's historic Bair Drug & Hardware building is approaching. But for the people who ran the restaurant and catering operation in The Bair for seven years, it's over.
"We are done with it," said Ed Lintott, who with his wife, Martha, ran The Bair.
Lintott is now in charge of research and development for Valley Harvest Products, a Tukwilla spice company, which supplies Tacoma restaurants like The Lobster Shop, Anthony's and Duke's Chowder House.
"I've used their products for 15 years," Lintott said. "I told my wife if I ever get another job, I'd work for them."
Martha Lintott is also working for the company.
I spoke with another local restaurateur today who said he might be interested in opening a breakfast place in The Bair. Ed Lintott said whoever eventually opens a restaurant in the 100-year-old building will need to bring their own stove, refrigerator, table, chairs, plates -- because all of the restaurant infrastructure has been removed.