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July 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Star power behind the new Hollywood Tavern

Seattle Times file photo of the current Woodinville Whiskey location by John Kinmonth

Seattle Times file photo of the current Woodinville Whiskey location by John Kinmonth

Woodinville’s old Hollywood Tavern is getting some star attractions.

We’ve known for a while that Josh Henderson of Huxley Wallace Collective (best known for Skillet Street Food) was setting up an farm style restaurant in the old bar space, which is expected to open in September. Now there’s news that the Woodinville Whiskey Company, known as one of the state’s top craft distilleries, will share the property.

Graham Baba architects, known for making a “definitive” stamp on Seattle restaurants, will do a major remodel on the tavern, a landmark on Woodinville-Redmond road for more than a half-century for its neon sign and “old-school feel.” The sign will remain, but not much else will be the same.

The whiskey company’s current location in a business park will close with the move, and the new site (with all-new equipment) will allow for quadruple the production, said co-founder Orlin Sorensen. The tavern will have a “more interactive” public tour, and an event space. Sorensen expects “quite a bit of collaboration” between the tenants, including having the tavern cater events at the distillery. The separate businesses will be connected by an outdoor courtyard.

At the family-friendly “farm style” tavern, chef Angie Roberts (she’s known for her cooking at BOKA and Flying Fish) is developing a menu that promises a killer cheeseburger and spit-roasted meats. Possibilities in development on one recent menu included Buffalo-style crispy pig ears and Scotch eggs and seasonal soft-serve ice cream.

With this level of new restaurants, breweries, and distilleries, sounds like it’s time the city is known as more than just wine country.

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