Paper Street Alehouse opens in Kennewick

Loretto J. Hulse, Tri-City HeraldOctober 9, 2013 

Paper Street Alehouse

Brother and sister Robby, right, and Sam Burns have opened Paper Street Alehouse on West Kennewick Avenue in Kennewick. They will serve sausages, hot dogs and plan on featuring their own house brews once their license is in place.

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There's a new restaurant in downtown Kennewick. Robby Burns of Pasco opened the Paper Street Alehouse for lunch on Wednesday with help from his sister, Sam Burns.

They're serving classic pub fare -- dogs and brats -- but went a cut above, ordering them directly from the butchers, Windy River Meats in Pasco and Pat and Tam's Beef in Stanfield.

There's no ale being served yet. Robby Burns plans to begin pouring beer and wine once his license from the state arrives in about a week. With that in place they'll serve one or two Paper Street house brews made by Yakima Craft, a brewhouse in Yakima.

"They're our own recipes, just being made in Yakima right now because they have the equipment," he said.

He also plans to feature other local microbrews as much as possible. He's already talked to Shrub Steppe, White Bluffs and New School, all in Richland.

Later, when the state and federal licenses come through, he'll begin brewing his own beer. But that's about six months out, he said.

The name for the tap house comes from a book, Fight Club.

"It was written by Chuck Palahniuk who originally lived in Burbank," Burns said. "Paper Street Soap Co. was a place in the book and I just liked the name."

"Plus, the Tri-City Herald is right in our backyard," he said, pointing to the newspaper building a block away. "We like downtown Kennewick. It's a great location here in the entertainment district of the city."

Between the tables and the sofa the pub can seat about 35 people.

Robbie and Sam Burns were born and raised in Pasco, graduated from Washington State University and did some traveling. When her brother proposed opening the tap house Sam packed up, came home and offered to help.

"We've always enjoyed good beer and were raised in a family that likes to entertain. They like a good time and will invite as many as 300 people," Sam Burns said.

Right now, they plan to be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for lunch. As soon as they can begin pouring beer they'll extend the hours to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The pub is at 308 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. Phone: 491-3800.

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