Ronda Jennelle and Terri and David Nichols have teamed up to bring a new family-owned and -operated bar and grill to Salem.
Pourhouse, located on E. 8th St. in what was formerly Potsey Joe’s, is “something we always wanted to do,” says Jennelle.
Jennelle and the Nichols started talking about their plans “a long, long time ago,” says Terri Nichols. They estimate that the planning started in 2005 or 2006. “We thought we would never do it,” Terri says.
The Nichols also own a Salem-based lawncare business, while Jennelle owned Jennelle’s on Rte. 220. “I left there to do this,” she says.
Pourhouse opened for business on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. The menu features hand-formed, never-frozen hamburger patties, hot dogs with homemade chili and vinegar slaw, cheesesteaks and some additional handmade items.
“We’ve got the best sweet tea in town,” Jennelle adds. She says her chili recipe took her 10 years to perfect.
Pourhouse has an outdoor seating area perfect for warmer weather, and a paved cornhole court on one the side of the building.
Currently, Jennelle and the Nichols are waiting for their ABC license, which should be available on Feb. 17, according to Terri. Once they have that in order, Pourhouse will offer domestic brews on tap, and they’ll settle into their permanent hours: Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m..
Until that time, they’re operating on reduced hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pourhouse is located at 414 E. 8th St. in Salem. For more information, call Pourhouse at 540-389-1330.