Fundraiser hopes to raise thousands to rebuild Montgomery County’s oldest bar

BETHESDA, Md. -- Saturday, long-time patrons of Hank Dietle’s Tavern showed up and showed out for a Honkey Tonk hoedown at the Rock Creek Mansion to raise money for their favorite watering hole. fundraiser to rebuild the popular watering hole in Montgomery County.

Hank Dietle’s Tavern was practically gutted by a massive fire on February 14th and organizers hope to raise at least $10,000 to help with repairs.

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“It’s really the best dive bar in Montgomery County and it need to be restored.”, said patron, Scott Ray of the
 decade’s old establishment which also holds the oldest standing liquor license in Montgomery County.

Colonel Josh of Colonel Josh and the Honky Tonk Heros has played at Dietle’s for years and says he’s been going there since he was 18.
He says he was happy to play during the fundraiser, saying, “We’re doing this great benefit to raise money and bring Hank Dietle’s back to life.”

I spoke with Thomas Bows who coordinates the bands that play at the tavern and helped with the fundraising event.
He said, “There’s a lot of volunteers and people that were customers, clients of Hank Dietle’s over the years that are really interested in bringing It back. They don’t want to see it go away.”

Tickets went from $20-$100 for repairs, in particular forDietle’s porch which sustained the most damage.

“All the money’s going to Dietle’s and hopefully everything works out that it’s back open as soon as possible.”, said band photographer, Alan Kresse.

And for some like Mora Demoy, Dietle's represents more than just a place to hang out.
“We can’t live without the place. It’s gotta come back. It’s the heart and soul of Montgomery County.”, said Demoy.

If you didn't get a chance to go to the fundraiser, you can still donate here.