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Friday, July 28, 2017 This Week's Paper
Triple Play: Live music returns to the former home of Hell’s Kitchen

Today, Tacoma Weekly paid its first visit to Triple Play, the latest bar to set up shop at 3829 Sixth Ave., the former home of the Central Tavern, Hell's Kitchen and, most recently, the Gruv Lounge/MetroGruv.

Owners Rich Langhorn and Kevin and Kim Brown opened their doors on June 14. As the name implies, it's a sports bar with nine TVs for game viewing with a 10-foot projection screen on the way. One of the private karaoke rooms from Gruv Lounge remains. But what may generate the biggest buzz is that, instead of the DJs that provided a bulk of the entertainment at Gruv, Triple Play owners are getting back to live music.

“Mostly, it's going to be more classic rock, blues,” Langhorn explained. The venue has already hosted Steve Stefanowicz and Too Many Cooks and classic cover band Strike 9, and shows featuring Billy Shew, local blue prodigy Cody Rentas and Tacoma guitar hero Jerry Miller are in the works.

“We'll get some reggae in, but we're also going to be doing some open jam nights,” Langhorn said. However, they plan to stay away from punk, metal and hip-hop, he said.

Triple Play will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. To 2 a.m. Fridan and Saturday. The venue will eventually open earlier for breakfast and British soccer, Langhorn said.

Updates will be available on the venue's Facebook site, and we'll have more details in an upcoming issue.