Long time Tahoe City watering hole closing
Photos of smiling faces and good times line the wooden walls at Pierce St. Annex, a long-time Tahoe City establishment that will have its final hurrah next month before closing its doors Sept. 9.
“It is sad to have it close,” said Eric Westenburg, who has owned Pierce St. for 10 years with his wife, Alyssa. “People have to change jobs because of the decision.”
The Westenburgs, who also own the Tourist Club in Truckee, moved to Reno a year ago and plan on opening a new business there. Eric Westenburg said the Tahoe City club had a good run and that the business, which was open for 19 years, had done well.
“The landlord has been supportive and a fair person,” Westenburg said. “It’s not because we haven’t been doing well or making money.”
Pierce St. Annex, which is located at the eastern end of Tahoe City in the Lighthouse complex, is currently the only club on the North Shore where locals and visitors can dance every weekend. The club also hosted many events, including Jell-o wrestling, wet T-shirt contests and parties. It is a large space that holds three pool tables, a juke box, video game machines, a foos ball table, a dance floor, stage and two bars.
Bar Manager Pam Monks, who has worked at Pierce St. for 13 years as a DJ and bartender, said she has a lot of fond memories and wondered, “Where are all the bachelorette parties gonna go?”
Patrick McCarran, a local who has been a regular at Pierce St. for over a year, said he is sad to see his regular hangout close.
“I’m going to have to walk to the other end of town to Pete N’ Peter’s,” said McCarran, who works at Safeway in Tahoe City. “I’m sad enough to consider buying it [Pierce St.] … I’ve knocked off that jar of pens, fallen off my bar stool ” done it all. I have some great memories from this place.”
Kelly Lacroix, who has been going to Pierce St. for five years, said she doesn’t know where else she will hang out after Sept. 9.
“It’s my home away from home,” Lacroix said. “All my friends hang out here. I like it because it is right down from work and I can get a drink. I’m so sad. I love this place.”
Jonathan Chapin, owner of We Ain’t Saints Productions, said he has held over 75 events at Pierce St. over the past three and a half years and will hold a wet T-shirt contest Aug. 30 as one of the last events at the bar.
“I am totally sad about the whole thing,” Chapin said.
However, Pierce St. will stay open for three more weeks and hold a big event on Saturday, Sept. 9 to say good-bye to the community and its long-time fans.
“It’s kind of sad, but I made the decision,” Westenburg said.
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