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Sunday, February 08, 2015

#2326 - McCloud's Grill House, Bremerton, WA - 10/19/2013

McCloud's Grill House, Bremerton, WA
It is completely understandable that when Andy Graham bought McCloud's in June 2010, some people thought he was crazy. In various incarnations going back to when it wsa "Brad's" in the 60s, the bar had a notorious reputation, and Andy himself recounted stories of raucous fights and guys throwing bottles at the bands, who were protected by chicken wire. Graham had worked in the slightly different environs of Daniels Broiler and McCormicks in Seattle. But while he kept the name, Graham turned the capacious space into a spic and span, family friendly steakhouse and barbecue house during the day, with a rotating set of events for adults at night, ranging from line dancing lessons to jazz nights to salsa to country bands to Texas Hold'em games to, of course, karaoke. On our visit with Kitsap Historical Society, Andy also told stories about previous owner Ron Ross, whose job at 14 was to carry a large bolt around and smash stolen liquor bottles in the pockets of thieves. It is Ron's buffalo head that still hangs in the place today.

McCloud's remains a strongly themed western space, but the big barrels of peanuts and shells strewn across the floors are gone. There's a fairly typical selection of beers, wines and cocktails, along with chef Curtis Vanorsby's barbecue, which now complements the traditional steak house options. If you're unusually hungry you can take the 72oz Porter Challenge, although only one person has won it, and only one other come close.


Owner Andy Graham discusses the history of McCloud's
Grill House with members of Kitsap Historical Society's
2013 bar tour.
2901 Perry Ave #13, Bremerton, WA 98310 - (360) 373-3093
Est. year - Building constructed: 1965
Previous bars in this location: Brad's (60s), Noodles (1987), Castaways East (early 90s), Annie's Garden Buffet (late 90s), Harborside Nite Club
Web site: mccloudsgrillhouse.com - facebook
Reviews: bremertonpatriot - yelp - tripadvisor - urbanspoon

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