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Walt’s Pourhouse
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer 

Natalie Speidel, owner of Walt’s Pourhouse, poses next to her father Walt’s business sign.

Natalie Speidel is the owner of Walt’s Pourhouse, which has been open six years in Coos Bay.  It’s located at 1880 N. 7th Street in Coos Bay, right behind Coos Bay Toyota. She has roughly 13 employees, and they’re open from 3:00 pm to 2:30 am, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to 2:30 am Saturdays and Sundays.  On weekends they serve breakfast until 1:00 pm-ish.

I spoke to Natalie about the different crowds that come into Walt’s each night. She sees older people come in at 5 pm and have dinner until about 8 pm, then again at about 11 pm the younger people come in who want to stay out later.  Walt’s serves dinner until 10 pm, and she must be doing something right, because this place is always packed!

Natalie is the sole owner of this establishment.  She says, “I always wanted to own a bar, but my whole life my dad told me that I would send him back to the poorhouse (he grew up very poor in North Dakota).  And I really wanted to name the bar after him, because he was such an incredible guy and I missed him so very much after he died in 2001.”

“I moved here in 2002, and got a bartending job at the Coney Station”, continuesNatalie.  “I don’t know why they hired me, because I didn’t have any experience whatsoever. After that, I worked at Bandon Dunes, and the whole time I was planning on owning my own bar.  I’m so glad I got the experience working at those places…what would have happened if I had just tried to open my own place without it?”

Natalie continued, “I looked at several places before deciding on this one, but this had a kitchen, and my goal was to have really, really good food at my bar. I always told myself I would never, ever compromise the quality of my food.  I am constantly evolving when it comes to bringing new things in or trying different types of food. And our patio is open all the time, where on Sunday mornings our customers enjoy their breakfast and mimosas in the beautiful sunshine.”

Walt’s Pourhouse also offers TV, pool, and shuffleboard, and they’ve added new seasonal drink and dessert menus. “My kitchen staff is pretty fantastic,” says Natalie.  “It’s crazy the stuff they accomplish in that tiny kitchen.  And I really do owe the success of this bar to the amazing customers and regulars we have.  This community is so supporting of local business, it’s really cool.  We have been so fortunate in that regard.”

When I asked Natalie how her Shopper ads were working, she really got excited. “The South Coast Shopper is the only paper we have ever advertised in. It’s true!  We’ve tried other papers, radio, and the Shopper has always come through for us. We saw the results right away with our ads.  When we first started serving breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, I really didn’t think we’d get much business, but because of our ad on the Shopper Saver page, we’ve seen a lot of increase on those days. People read the Shopper, and I love it!  It appeals to all ages.

If you’re looking for food far above the usual pub scene, come down to Walt’s Pourhouse.  The beer is great, the people friendly, and the staff goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome.  I know…I just had a burger with my family there tonight, and as usual, it was awesome!

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