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Longtime residents of Tacoma are probably familiar with local pub Flying Boots and Wings, located at 614 S. 38th St. The local bar has been a part of Tacoma culture for over 75 years. Even short time residents probably heard about the locale shutting down in 2013, with patrons literally taking memorabilia off the walls on the bar’s last night. In April of last year, new management took over and brought on manager Char Smith, who has been hard at work revitalizing the historic locale.

One of the first steps was to open up the bar, as an interior redesign gave the bar a wide-open space, abandoning the cramped space Flying Boots and Wings was known for previously.

“The bar used to be a little dark and dingy and now it’s all wide open,” Smith said.

Smith has also gone about reinventing the menu, bringing a new sense of fresh food to the bar while retaining some old classics with a focus on various types of wings.

Last week, Flying Boots and Wings brought back its signature New York steak and prime rib, which were popular before the business shut down.

“Our food is excellent. We have all real hamburgers home made, and for appetizers we have onion rings, fries homemade jalapeno poppers… We like to say we put a little bit of cheer into our food,” Smith said.

Smith and company are trying to craft an environment where all are welcome, and one that shows that Flying Boots and Wings is back and better than ever.

“It’s a fun and safe place. It’s a great happening place, very friendly,” as Smith describes it.

Flying Boots and Wings is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, find “Flying Boots and Wings” on Facebook or call (253) 267-1037.

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