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Long-time Kittitas establishment, Curly’s, reopens

September 22, 2016 GMT

One of the city of Kittitas’ landmark establishments, Curly’s, has reopened for business.

The long-time tavern was closed for much of the past year. Its most recent incarnation was Curly’s III, but the new venture will not be known as Curly’s IV, but instead will simply be Curly’s Cafe and Beer Garden.

The business is owned by Duane Hebert.

The new Curly’s will allow minors in most of the cafe accompanied by parents usually until about 8 or 9 p.m.

The kitchen will feature barbecue. The bar includes a small selection of rotating beer taps. Right now, Curly’s offers only beer and wine, but the plan is to obtain the appropriate license to add hard liquor.

Brian McCracken, who is working the kitchen with his wife, Nina Vicente, said the response has been positive.

McCracken said local residents have a strong connection to the business. He also appreciates the fact that all Kittitas businesses support each other.

“We feel a duty to each other and to represent Kittitas well,” McCracken said.

The interior features barn wood and other Western touches, including recurring mustache images. Hardwood floors have replaced carpeting in some areas. There occasionally will be live music.

The cafe will have a cowboy bar theme. There are photos from Curly’s owner and workers, and a request will be made for photos from the community.

Curly’s will continue to have a large beer garden area. As part the community’s Halloween celebration, the beer garden will be transformed into a haunted garden.