In 1996, Al Salazar wished to move to the countryside for reasons of his health. While visiting the coast of Washington State, he remembered hunting and fishing on K and M mountain with his father, who had been befriended by Chief Tommy Thompson of the Celilo Tribe.
As a boy, Al and his father were often taken on ceremonial hunting and fishing trips in Southwestern Washington with the tribe, catching fish in the Columbia in water so clear, he recalls, that he could see the fish swimming towards the hook from way far out. He was delighted to find the old Grays River Tavern for sale, in this same area, which remains remarkably unspoiled. He purchased the 100 year old building and spent several years renovating it himself.
Duffy’s Irish Pub features a truly unique decor and lighting, a sun porch overlooking Grays River, a huge round stained glass window, a garden, and a few of Salazar’s favorite antiques. Several items on the menu will be from the old family recipes featured at Salazar’s Restaurant, as well as the more traditional pub fare.