Kuhlmanns open ‘the Kuhler’ in Tonasket

Zach and Josh Kuhlmann pose by the new Kuhler Bar and Grill sign which is now up on it's post in front of their business at the home of the former Tonasket Saloon. Photo by Charlene Helm

Zach and Josh Kuhlmann pose by the new Kuhler Bar and Grill sign which is now up on it’s post in front of their business at the home of the former Tonasket Saloon. Photo by Charlene Helm

TONASKET – Brothers Josh and Zach Kulmann have opened The Kuhler Bar and Grill in Tonasket and in addition to a fully stocked bar will be serving lunch and dinner daily.

The new business opened in the former Tonasket Saloon at 302 S. Whitcomb Ave. in downtown Tonasket on Aug. 28. It will be open at 11 a.m. seven days a week, say the brothers.

In addition to the food and refreshments, the bar offers five big screen televisions, two new pool tables, a jukebox and “lots of fun.”

In the future they plan to expand the dining and the dance floor, as well as offering live bands and Karaoke.

“My brother Josh and I always knew we wanted to open a business in Tonasket,” said Zach Kuhlmann. “We just didn’t know what type… just that we wanted to be part of our hometown.”

The brothers say the idea to open the bar and grill was sparked by community members who suggested it.

“We had never given a thought to opening a bar and grill until we were approached by the community,” adds Josh Kuhlmann.

After talking it over the brothers decided they liked the idea of having a business in their home town and got the ball rolling.

Josh Kuhlmann says they don’t want to be different from the other businesses in town. They just want to create a good atmosphere for the community.

“We really want families to feel welcome to come on in,” he said, adding that minors are allowed in until 9 p.m.

“The community support has been unbelievable. We’ve had lots of family and local people help with the renovations and getting things up and running. We are very grateful for all the support,” said Zach Kuhlmann, who has a Fiber Optics business in Deer Park, Wash.

Some of the new renovations include ungraded equipment and refinished floors say the brothers.

The two are also excited to welcome back former Tonasket Saloon employees Dan Colbert and Amanda McSpadden. They also have a new cook.

The brothers are the sons of Terry and Rose Kuhlmann and in addition to being related to the Kuhlmanns they are also related to another well-known Tonasket area family, the Beemans. Both families have strong ties to the community, the brothers said.

The phone number for the new bar and grill is (509) 486-2996

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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