Owners hope to open tavern on Perry Street by St. Patrick’s Day

The Lantern – a bar that’s going in on South Perry Street in the location where first The Scoop and then the Pop Shoppe used to be – is moving right ahead.

“We have a letter of commitment from the liquor control board,” said Jeff Nordwall, who’s remodeling the space. “Once we are done with the construction, they come out and do a final inspection – and we are open.”

Nordwall and his life partner, Elizabeth Paisley, own the bar together, and they hope to be ready for business right before St. Patrick’s Day.

The addition of a tavern to the South Perry business district is a first.

The location of Grant Elementary School has made it impossible for other restaurants to obtain liquor licenses, except for the occasional one-day beer garden. The Lantern will sell high-end Northwest beer and wine.

Spencer Guy Grainger, who’s with the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association, said The Lantern is a great addition to the neighborhood.

“The SPBNA has worked for years to create a vibrant and eclectic business district that serves the diverse needs of the South Perry neighborhood,” Grainger said. “It is my hope that Mr. Nordwall’s business will do for South Perry’s nightlife what The Shop did for our mornings, when it opened many years ago.”

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