EUGENE, Ore. — Word on the street is that The Tiny Tavern’s owners in the Whiteaker neighborhood are working to clean up its image.
The building has been around since 1895 and was turned into the Tiny Tavern decades later.
Longtime residents say it just isn’t what it once was. They’re happy to see that things could be changing for the better soon.
Locals said The Tiny Tavern definitely has a lot of history. The original owners turned an old farmhouse into a local hot spot for close to 40 years.
“They made homemade chili. They had a fireplace. It was the neighborhood nucleus,” said Vic, Whiteaker Historian.
These days, the reviews aren’t so kind for the once reigning watering hole.
“The Tiny Tavern definitely has the reputation of being the all day, all night bar. There’s always people there and it’s a little sketchy to walk by there, especially with kids,” said resident Hannah O’Laughlin.
“It’s kind of an eyesore right now,” said resident Zoe Gadsby.
But the owners hope to change all that by cleaning things up inside and out. And the work isn’t going unnoticed.
“All those things he’s doing. He’s doing good things right now. We’re all pretty happy to see someone put some effort into it, some positive energy. I think we’re all looking forward to things kind of changing up a little bit,” resident Devona Culver.
Neighbors are excited for the future.
“I think people would be stoked to come down here and have a beer at Tiny’s and not be scared to go to Tiny’s like they are now,” Gadsby said.
They say it’s not just good for the business but the whole neighborhood.
“I hope that as he starts working on small things like that, like beautifying the sides and beautifying the neighborhood, people will take more responsibility about how they treat the environment around them and how they behave around each other,” said resident Matt Allhands.
Everyone is hopeful that this will open the door to greater success for all.
The owners said a lot of the past complaints are about things they can’t control, like vagrants in the nearby park. He says they’ve been dealing with the situation the best they can and will always do so.