By Mike Steely
Thoai (Ty) Ho and his brother Thuc Ho started a little tavern next door to their parent’s successful restaurant. Ten years later, The Pint House has grown and become a thriving neighborhood pub.
The T.Ho Vietnamese Restaurant was open for 26 years but didn’t serve beer. The brothers thought that a next-door beer store might be successful and started one.
When the family restaurant closed, the Ho brothers expanded and took the space.
“We went from a 1200-square foot bar to a 3200-square foot bar,” Thoai told The Focus.
The Ho family came from Vietnam after the war.
“We’re a part of the community. Five of the six children graduated from Central High School,” Thoai said, adding that the family went back to Vietnam for a visit with relatives once.
The Pint House is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Friday, October 16 and the party will feature prizes, gifts and live music.
“Over the years we’ve become a neighborhood pub. We’re a local meeting place but we also have customers from around the area. We’re a great place for young professionals and sports fans to meet.”
The Pint House features a full menu and a bar with 45 beers on tap and about 30 craft beers.
There are over 20 large flat screen televisions and the place is popular during UT games.
Thoai also said that the Pint House also has mixed drinks and moonshine from Old Smokey and Sugarland.
“We’re trying to get the word out. We’re not just a smoky old bar but a friendly place one can go,” he said, adding, “We’re a relaxing, clean place and friendly staff.”
The Pint House also has dart tournaments and trivia every Thursday and offers free Wi-Fi to its customers.
The Pint House is located at 815 Merchant Drive and open from noon to 3 a.m., seven days a week. Happy Hour is from noon until 7 p.m. every day.
You can reach The Pint House at 865-688-5825 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find them at www.facebook.com/thepinthouseknox.