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Paul Winters, owner of The Reading Gaol, 1948-2011

February 2nd, 2011 · Comments

Paul Winters, the owner of Phinney/Ballard’s popular The Reading Gaol pub on NW 65th St., died of cancer last Sunday.

Family and friends are invited to a wake celebrating his life from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Reading Gaol, 418 NW 65th St.

Winters previously owned La Boehme, which later became Sully’s Snowgoose Saloon up on Phinney Avenue. He opened The Reading Gaol, in 1997. It is named for “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” by Oscar Wilde.

You can read the full obituary in The Seattle Times here.

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  1. #6 says:

    Very sad – we didn’t know him personally but went to that pub all the time when we lived over there, and still went semi-regularly now from Greenwood. He will be missed.


  2. SJ says:

    A good friend and I shall miss him greatly. When you turned up at the pub when he was cooking and asked where he was, the response was often:

    “He’s just gone out for some bread.”

    I hope he’s clutching a decent baguette and a pint of IPA right now.

  3. Jorgebob28 says:

    I went to the wake last night and the place was full of his family, the regulars and many old friends that I haven’t seen in years. This man touched a lot of lives.

    My first meeting with Paul was at La Boheme after I read a beer column written by Vince Cottone during the early days of the microbrew revolution. People don’t realize that Paul was a quiet pioneer of the movement.

    We also had a common interest in Germany, where he served in the Army and I had just visited to explore their beers. Rest in peace, Paul, and save me a stool at the bar!

  4. Shawn & Sarah says:

    Our fav pub since 2003 – we’ll always remember you Paul. Rest in peace.