T House, Big With a Little Everything

By Dave DeLuca

20140425_152319Corvallis’ newest nightclub will open this month. The city’s first off-campus food court will be opening up to the public at the same time. In fact, they’re in the same building. The T House at 4th and Jefferson downtown promises to be a completely unique facility appealing to a broad range of locals.

David Lin, a retired engineer by trade, owns the property often referred to as the Tibet House. Lin spent more than $2 million to renovate the building, which previously housed his company Corvallis-Microtechnology. He is extremely proud of the maintenance-friendly style, leaving pipes and beams exposed. Steel and concrete provide clean lines and open spaces throughout.

The main floor features a diverse food court offering bubble tea, frozen yogurt, espresso, fast food, and box lunch bento. With plenty of room to grow, the T House will add Thai, Hawaiian, and vegetarian options soon.

Journeyman bartender and manager Mike “MJ” Jackson was brought in to build the ideal club in the vast basement.

“It’s every bartender’s dream to design and build your own bar,” MJ said.

The result is a long, spacious bar with stations for up to four bartenders. Fifty to 60 beers will be available on tap, along with a broad range of liquor. The clean and utilitarian space is custom-built for serving hordes of college kids. Also downstairs is a game room with pool tables, several VIP lounges, and a private party room. A large stage equipped with high-tech lighting and state-of-the-art sound will eventually be used by musical acts from country and Western to top 40 techno mash up. Upwards of 400 people at a time can enjoy the wide-open dance floor. Seemingly blessed with too much space, the T House also has a full microbrewery with a 10-barrel brewing system “hidden away” through a side door.

Even the front porch, once completed, will provide seating for large crowds on sunny days. Patrons may take time to study the controversial murals which decorate the sides of Lin’s building. The artwork features several cultural themes, including a depiction of Chinese police brutality. They are an expression of his beliefs on human rights. Lin insists that the T House is not a place for politics, however. He is opening a place of business, and hopes that it will be a huge success.

The T House will open for business in early May. They plan to continue to refine and grow over the summer, and they will host a grand opening in the fall as students return to the OSU campus.