Tim Pipes, owner of hockey bar The Angry Beaver, can't catch a break. Since last month's Greenwood gas explosion that leveled multiple shops and damaged dozens of others, Pipes has been struggling to reopen, ideally before the end of the NHL season. Over the weekend, though, he suffered another major setback: KING 5 News reports that his establishment was hit by thieves.
The criminals allegedly took hundreds of dollars worth of alcohol, equipment, possibly some hockey memorabilia, and even the business checkbook. "Like we haven't been through enough over here," Pipes complained to a reporter. "This is my busiest time, I'm missing this last month, it's the whole run-up to the playoffs."
Despite the setbacks and regardless of a dark moment where he posted on Facebook, "I don't think I can recover from this final blow. We'll see," Pipes told Q13 News he will return, if not for at least another month. "I've fought way too hard for this bar and I'm not going down now," he said. A hand-written note on the front of the boarded-up bar reiterates the sentiment: "We love you all and will be back better than ever, thank you for your support! We love you all!!!"
Since the story of the robbery initially broke, the bar also Tweeted that it's seen a silver lining: long-awaited progress from its insurance company.
Go on the news, what do you know, city is calling me offering help and insurance has finally been forced to step up! Get us angry will ya??— Angry Beaver (@angrybeaverbar) April 12, 2016
In the meantime, anyone wondering where to catch the NHL playoffs, which begin today, could consult a Reddit thread called "With the Angry Beaver out, where can I watch the NHL Playoffs?" Commenters suggest such alternatives as Teddy's in Roosevelt, Iron Bull in Wallingford, Buckley's in Queen Anne and Belltown, and even neighboring Bill's on Greenwood. Many bars in Eater's round-up of "Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Seattle" should also pull double duty as solid choices for hockey viewing.