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Pauly’s Bar and Grill opens downtown

Owner of Paul’s Italian Kitchen in Seattle survived stabbing, searched to start restaurant in safer town

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Pauly’s Bar and Grill opens downtown

Chef Paul, owner of Pauly’s Bar and Grill, discusses building a new kitchen as well as plans to deliver orders Friday at Cafe Moro.

Chef Paul, owner of Pauly’s Bar and Grill, discusses building a new kitchen as well as plans to deliver orders Friday at Cafe Moro.

OLIVIA WOLF | THE DAILY EVERGREEN

Chef Paul, owner of Pauly’s Bar and Grill, discusses building a new kitchen as well as plans to deliver orders Friday at Cafe Moro.

OLIVIA WOLF | THE DAILY EVERGREEN

OLIVIA WOLF | THE DAILY EVERGREEN

Chef Paul, owner of Pauly’s Bar and Grill, discusses building a new kitchen as well as plans to deliver orders Friday at Cafe Moro.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Daily Evergreen has received a number of comments regarding the main source in this article, Paul, and his account of the stabbing that occurred on Oct 4, 2013. The Evergreen has seen and taken all of these comments into consideration and we take this very seriously, which is why we are now working on delving deeper into what happened that night. However we do not promote or agree with libelous accusations about the source and will delete comments that make unsubstantiated claims against anyone.

A new bar owner in Pullman hopes to feed college kids high-quality food at a reasonable price.

Chef Paul is the owner of Pauly’s Bar Room as of Jan. 1.

“What I really take pride in is feeding college kids for cheap,” Paul said. “All my drink prices and all my food prices are just cheaper than everyone around because … I remember what it was like to be a college student.”

Part of Paul’s mission to help college kids comes from an experience he had five years ago. This experience is also why he prefers not to have his last name printed.

“On Oct. 4 of 2013, I was attacked from behind in Port Townsend,” he said. “I was out with two friends, and we invited people back to my condo. Only one guy wanted to go. Turned out to be a psycho. He attacked me from behind, stabbed me five times in the back with an eight-inch kitchen knife.”

Paul’s friend saved him. He used pepper spray to fend off the attacker. It was too foggy that night to fly, so Paul said he had to endure an 80-minute ambulance ride. The ambulance crew was unable to stop the bleeding the whole time.

Once he got to the hospital, Paul had to have surgery that included removing the top half of his right lung. He was in a coma for a week.

“I’m very lucky to be alive,” Paul said. “As my sister says, my angels were watching out for me. But you know, it really made it important to me that I help other people … The whole stabbing thing was terrible but it made me really appreciate life.”

He went on to explain that it made him rethink everything. Paul said part of Pullman’s appeal is its safety.

Besides general safety, Paul also wants to make the bar as fun as he can.

The Pauly’s space once housed The Next Page, and before that it was The Sports Page. The previous owner removed a lot of the sports memorabilia when it transitioned. Paul has been working on putting that all back.

He’s also brought back the pool tables that were once there and added a dart board and a change machine. Pauly’s is also interested in bringing in Big Buck Hunter and Golden Tee Golf arcade machines, he said.

“We’re trying to bring it back to be a fun place for people to go out,” he said. “I want to really create a place for the community where they feel comfortable coming, whether they’re students or regulars or whatever.”

He wants to add karaoke on Sundays and a trivia night on Thursdays. He also wants to make Pauly’s a great late-night spot for food.

“We will be open until 2 a.m. every day, no matter what,” Paul said. “No matter what, kids can call us at 1, 1:30, 1:50 in the morning and they can get my homemade lasagna.”

He drew from his college experience when designing the business model.

“In all honesty, I went to college,” he said. “There was a lot of times I was hungry at one o’clock in the morning and what are your options? Guess I’ll call Domino’s or make some ramen.”

The bar and grill is not Paul’s first restaurant. In fact, he’s also the owner of Paul’s Italian Kitchen located inside the Seattle restaurant Earl’s. Paul’s Italian Kitchen is very popular with University of Washington students, which led Paul to Pullman.

“For years I have had Cougars coming down to UW to visit their friends … and I’ve been hearing for years ‘you gotta open a place like this at Wazzu, you gotta come to Pullman.’ ”

So on Jan. 1, 2018, Paul and his business partner came to Pullman in order to scope out the city. They visited Pullman five times throughout 2018. When they found The Next Page, they realized it would be the perfect location.

“We stumbled upon The Next Page and [the woman working] was delightful and she told us the woman who owned the bar was trying to sell so we were very interested,” Paul said.

Pauly’s will undergo several renovations in the near future, Paul said. The kitchen they have is very small, and are looking into expanding it. They also want to look into building a restaurant side so people under 21 can come enjoy the food too.

When Paul renovated, he prioritized the inclusion of as many Cougs as possible.

“If a student that’s an artist wants to get in contact with me, they can do that,” he said. “If carpentry students want to help with a lot of little repairs around the building that need to be done … I’m absolutely interested in having students come in and do a lot of stuff.”

Paul said he’s excited for the opportunity to offer something new.

“I was given a second chance in life,” he said, “and I want to do better than I ever did before. I want to really do good things for people and I want to provide this city good Italian food, good late night food options, and a good place to go drink that’s not going to gouge you.”

Pauly’s Bar and Grill is located at 165 S. Grand Ave. It is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weeknights and from noon to 2 a.m. on the weekends.

This story has been updated to reflect the correct location of Paul’s attack.

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7 Responses to “Pauly’s Bar and Grill opens downtown”

  1. Mike Lackner on January 28th, 2019 2:16 pm

    I’m happy to see that when someone that has gone through a traumatic event and was saved by the grace of God, continues to pursue his dreams. Good luck to Paul. I wish you great success in your new endeavor in Coug Country!

  2. Erik Hogenson on January 29th, 2019 4:49 pm

    That boy that stabbed Paul was fed alcohol tI’ll he couldn’t see strait. What Paul neglected to mention is he had that boy pinned on the ground trying to force intercourse on him. It’s not the 1st reported time Paul has tried to force himself on a young man. Paul is a sexual predator and this boy kept himself from being the victim. Let’s tell the whole story if you gonna tell it at all.

  3. Erik Hogenson on January 29th, 2019 6:35 pm

    You should really write a article warning these kids at the college of who Paul really is. He’s in heaven and probably why he picked Pullman. Lots of young college boys. His last name is arcudi. Do some research about him before you set up young men to trust him. Look him up, many times he’s been caught or told on for sexually harassing young boys. Look up Paul arcudi wrestling coach or Paul arcudi walmart harassment suit. You are inviting someone to get hurt. I know you won’t post this, I don’t want you to, just do some research. Sorry if it feels like I’m harassing you, I just think you should know the truth. Thanks.

  4. Missy Harris on January 29th, 2019 9:42 pm

    I’m sorry, but Paul doesn’t want his last name out there so that people can’t find out the REAL story. Mr. Arcudi has a past. Mr. Arcudi has a pattern. Put it all together for yourselves. He shouldn’t be using what happened in Port Ludlow to garner sympathy. He doesn’t deserve it. Beware Pullman.

  5. Lisa Pene on January 30th, 2019 12:44 pm

    I am a WSU parent who lives in port Angeles Washington. I know this situation as most in town do. This man, Paul Arcudi, is a predator. He fed the young man alcohol all night, invited him to go back to his condo to party later. He got the young man in the hot tub and tried to rape him. The boy defended himself. Arcudis past was not allowed in the trial, don’t you think that a jury of his peers would have liked to know arcudis past? He has been doing this for some time. My suggestion and hope would be that nobody is encouraging young men to frequent this establishment. I’m a bar manager in pa and know the bartenders that served them this night. Arcudi and his friends were definitely trying to get this boy drunk. I hope you rethink your article.
    Thank you,
    Lisa Pene
    WSU parent

  6. Managing Editor on January 30th, 2019 5:23 pm

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The Daily Evergreen has received a number of comments regarding the main source in this article, Paul, and his account of the stabbing that occured on Oct 4, 2013. The Evergreen has seen and taken all of these comments into consideration and we take this very seriously, which is why we are now working on delving deeper into what happened that night. However we do not promote or agree with libelous accusations about the source and will delete comments that make unsubstantiated claims against anyone.

  7. Jay on February 9th, 2019 3:46 am

    Lies on lies. I’ve known Paul for years. The people posting about Paul being a bad person know nothing about him. He’s an amazing man who would never do anything inappropriate with a younger person, nor anything non-consensual with anyone. The end. I know his story. I know him better than almost anyone in the world. He’s a great man.
    If anyone has anything to say about Paul, come here and talk to us in person. You don’t know him. Stop listening to stupid rumors.
    We love you Pauly. You’re a legend.

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