There are some new faces behind the bar at what used to be Ida's Pub on St. Helens Avenue in Tacoma.
Brock Leach and Jonathan Rouse bought the space in mid-May and have been running their new bar, the Mix, for about a month and a half.
The two are teachers – Brock teaches math at community college, and Jonathan teaches French at Puyallup High School – and it's their first foray into bar ownership.
Though the two were regulars at Ida's.
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"The whole idea behind the name was because we've been coming here for years and it's always been a mix of people from all walks of life: white collar/blue collar, young/old, gay/straight – and the fact we make mixed drinks," says Brock.
It's that same sort of diverse crowd that's still coming through the doors for weekend karaoke and a place to chill.
Jonathan says the pair would like to open up the space with new lighting and paint, but since they're leasing, they won't be making any structural changes.
Fair enough. The 1904 building that Mix shares with Puget Sound Pizza and the Webster Apartments, along with a handful of other small businesses, is regal indeed, which I can attest to. I lived above Ida's when I first moved to T-town, the clang of my old radiators adding a top note to the music downstairs.
The grand opening isn't till September, most likely, but you can try a Mix signature cocktail (vodka, cranberry, pineapple, OJ, grenadine and black raspberry liqueur) anytime.
635 St. Helens Ave.