The Dark Horse Tavern shut down in April 2018 after a 12-year run. Its owner, Dennis Williams, blamed competition from nearby restaurants and bars. “People want new and shiny, and our business has fallen off,” he told this news outlet in June.
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Williams is leasing the property to Sommers and a business partner, Sommers said.
The Thirsty Frog Saloon will feature live music on Saturday nights, including but not limited to Nashville-inspired country acts, Sommers said.
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The Thirsty Frog Saloon could open as early as Dec. 21, 2018. MARK FISHER/STAFF
The saloon will host a karaoke night, a trivia night, dart leagues and a Taco Tuesday night that will offer 50-cent tacos, Sommers said. In addition to traditional pub fare, the food menu will include specialty items such as frog legs, pickled pizza and a peanut-butter burger, the saloon owner said.
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The Byers Road space has been a tavern for more than four decades. It originally held an Oregon Express location and later the Byers Inn Restaurant and Tavern.