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Kuhnle's Tavern celebrates 100 years

The downtown tavern was established in 1918 and invites locals to celebrate with them on Aug. 25


August 8, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Kuhnle's Tavern bartender Denise McKenzie pours a glass of beer on Aug. 1. The downtown bar will celebrate 100 years in Marysville this month.

Downtown Marysville bar Kuhnle's Tavern will celebrate 100 years in the town and invites the public to commemorate the event on Aug. 25.

"We're going to have some music here all day," said co-owner of the bar Tanya Buttke. She plans to pull out a number of old pictures from newspaper and other sources for people to see, and they will have pulled pork available.

"We're hoping everyone can come down and celebrate 100 years with us," she said.

The bar in Marysville's downtown was established in 1918.

Marysville pioneer Edward Kuhnle founded the bar, which also sold fishing tackle in its early years.

He passed the bar down to his son Kay Kuhnle, who passed in 2006. His wife JoAnn Kuhnle took over the bar until 2011 when she retired and passed it down to two long-time employees: Tanya Buttke and Gloria Phillips.

Kuhnle's Tavern still has its original bar back, which was an antique Brunswick built in the late 1800s.

"It was built in Chicago, but shipped to New York and then sent around the horn [the southern tip of South America] to get it to Seattle," said Buttke.

The bar has been a staple of the downtown despite many of the changes around it.

"When I started it was dirt across the street before they put in the town center [where Albertsons is currently]," said Buttke.

The tavern has long served as a place where locals can get together.

"Working here has been the best part because the Kuhnles were like family to us," said Buttke, "and so were the customers."

Buttke said she continues to feel that way about her staff, many of whom have a long tenure at the bar.

The tavern also attracts a lot of regulars.

Local Mike Fagen said he has been coming to the bars since he was in his 20s.

"I come back because of my friends," he said.

"Ross' dad used to come here and my dad used to come, it's where all the fishermen came down to play pool," he said.

Local Ross Eddy said he has been coming to the bar for around 50 years.

"It's a nice place to be where you can carry on a conversation without loud music going on," he said.

"It's a friendly place, there's a lot of friendly people that come in here," he said.

Buttke said that the people that come down celebrate birthdays and mourn deaths together.

"Everyone who comes down here knows each other," she said.


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