Carlos & Christina Jara
Tell us a little about Toro Lounge and how it was started:
Toro Lounge is a unique restaurant/bar located in Downtown Bremerton. We opened in July 2011, and our goal is to provide an experience focused on great food and drink in a relaxing environment. The concept was formulated during 2010. As existing business owners, we felt that an establishment like Toro Lounge was lacking in our community, and we worked towards creating a top-notch place where folks can gather after hours and enjoy great small bites, craft brews, and scratch martinis.
What do you offer at your business?
Toro Lounge is a leader in the community with a focus on all things NorthWest defining what we do. Featuring 20 rotating NW craft brews on tap, wine on tap, a decent mix of NW spirits, and sourcing NW ingredients, we offer small plates in the vein of tapas. While not an ethnic restaurant, we offer a bit of spice and flair in what we do. We are a 21+ establishment, and feature a private party room (Matador Room) that may be rented for special events, as well as offering the entire restaurant for special events.
We do seasonal events like wine pairings, brew pairings, and in the near future, spirits pairings. We also participate in First Friday Art Walk by changing our artists monthly. We are one of a few places where local artists can display their art.
Where is your business located and how can people find out more about you?
We are located in the heart of Downtown Bremerton, at 315 Pacific Ave. Folks can find out more about us via our website, our Facebook page, and the various review sites like Yelp!, TripAdvisor, and UrbanSpoon.
What made you decide to become a member-owner in the co-op?
Having a locally-owned business like a co-op is a great community-builder, as well as an opportunity to help create a truly local food retailer who would focus on sourcing as much from local producers. Co-Ops would allow members and non-members alike to be active and knowledgeable about what they put on their dinner table, as well as help keep their dollars closer to home by supporting local business and local producers. We look forward to having the Kitsap Community Food Cooperative as a viable business in our community!