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It's a weekend of anniversaries for one of the most popular pubs in Tacoma. The Swiss celebrates the 100th anniversary of the building it inhabits, 20 years of ownership by Jack McQuade and 10 years since Vicci Martinez first hopped up on its stage.
By some sort of mathematical property, three anniversaries logically equates to three days of music. A diamond who shined even brighter after landing a spot on reality show The Voice local girl Vicci Martinez will anchor The Swiss' weekend events with a show Friday night. Saturday, long-standing house band Kry will bring their familiar flavor of rock 'n' roll to the stage. Sunday brings eight different bands, including youth rockers, Insubordinate.
Surely all this music will make a person hungry and thirsty, so McQuade added special touches to the menu, including commemorative pint glasses for the first 500 beer drinkers, and the return of a few original recipes, including Gayl's Lasagna, The Helluva Mozzarella Sandwich and the Mozzarella Salad.
McQuade opened The Swiss after a six-month remodel with partners Bob Hill and Gayl Bertagni - who McQuade calls "the heart and soul of the kitchen." Bertagni passed away four years ago. Hill retired January of this year.
McQuade says he plans to continue bringing in a variety of live music, including more youth groups, benefit shows and themed nights - such as garage rock, bluegrass and alt-country.
Twenty years is an admirable milestone. McQuade wants to thank all his lifelong customers - and fresh faces - that frequent the Swiss and help keep it strong.
"A pub is a public house, you treat it like your own house," says McQuade. "You're only a stranger but once."
THE SWISS, VICCI MARTINEZ, FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 7 P.M., $15/ADV, $20/DOOR; SATURDAY, APRIL 27, KRY, 8 P.M.; SUNDAY, APRIL 28, EIGHT BANDS, 2-11 P.M., ALL AGES, 1904 JEFFERSON AVE., TACOMA, 253.572.2821