Woodinville Whiskey expanding while saving Hollywood Tavern

  • Written by Shannon Michael, Features Writer

WhiskeyRendering courtesy of Point32. When complete, Woodinville Whiskey Co.’s distillery will feature tours and tastings, while the newly renovated and expanded Hollywood Tavern, in the background, will feature a locally farm-sourced menu, outdoor patio and cocktails made from the distillery’s whiskey. The historic Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville is getting a makeover thanks to a renovation and expansion project that will include creating a new home for Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Point32, a Seattle-based real estate company, and the Huxley Wallace Collective, founded by restaurateur and street food pioneer Josh Henderson of Skillet fame, have teamed to create a new tourist destination near Columbia and Chateau Ste. Michelle wineries and Redhook Brewery at the bend on Woodinville-Redmond Road NE.

While the iconic red neon "TAVERN" sign will remain to welcome visitors, the 65-year-old tavern is being expanded in size so Executive Chef Angie Roberts will be able to offer locally farmed cuisine. Outside, customers will enjoy a patio with applewood rotisserie grill, a fire pit and horseshoe pits for catering, special events and private party use.

"We’re excited to work with a number of local farmers. We will source the majority of our meats, seafood, produce and dairy from the Pacific Northwest year round," explained Roberts about her vision for farm-fresh cuisine. The dining room and patio sections will be open to families with children.

Faithful regulars to the old tavern will be happy to know that a few inexpensive beers will remain on the menu, while an assortment of local draft beers and Woodinville wines will also be offered.

"We will be using Woodinville Whiskey’s whiskey in a variety of craft cocktails. While Woodinville Whiskey’s tasting room will offer straight tastes; due to state law guests will have to walk across the patio to the tavern to enjoy a full Woodinville Whiskey drink," Roberts said.

Being built on the property just north of the tavern is a new distillery for Woodinville Whiskey Co. "Not only will the new distillery allow us to quadruple production capacity to meet the growing demand for our products, it also offers a more interactive tour experience and private event space with catering by the Hollywood Tavern," said Woodinville Whiskey co-founder Orlin Sorensen. 

The distillery, quickly becoming one of the state’s top craft distilleries, will have a new product coming to coincide with the opening of the new location.

The tavern is slated to be finished in October, while the distillery will be completed in November, according to Sorensen.

In addition to the tavern, patio and distillery, the project will include parking. "We’ve dedicated quite a bit of the property to parking, and we will also have offsite parking available for busier nights," said Sorensen.

The combined tavern and distillery projects, when complete, will employ about 70 people.

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