The Distiller’s Journal

Woodinville’s Historic Hollywood Tavern Reborn

We’re excited to finally be able to announce the location of our new home! This fall we’ll be moving to the site of the Hollywood Tavern where we’re teaming with Josh Henderson of Skillet. Here’s the press release with all the details…

Pitch horseshoes, sip whiskey, and sup on roast pork at a classic American roadside barrelhouse.

Woodinville, WA— A well-known and much-loved landmark property in the heart of Woodinville’s wine country will soon become the new home for the Northwest’s top distillery and the site of a reimagined roadside tavern featuring local farm-fresh cuisine. Seattle-based real estate company Point32 has teamed with Woodinville Whiskey Co. and the Huxley Wallace Collective, founded by restaurateur and street food pioneer Josh Henderson of Skillet fame, to create a new destination property at the “bend in the road” near the Ste. Michelle winery and Redhook Brewery.

For more than 65 years, the Hollywood’s red neon “TAVERN” sign has welcomed visitors to Woodinville. While the sign will remain, the property will get a major facelift from Graham Baba Architects: a new production distillery, larger tasting room, and “Barrel Loft” event space for Woodinville Whiskey, and an expanded tavern space for Executive Chef Angie Roberts’ “wine country farm cuisine.” A large outdoor patio will provide an applewood rotisserie grill, a fire pit, and horseshoe pits for catering, special events, and private parties held in the distillery building.

Built in the 1920s, the “Hollywood Corner Service Station” was converted to the Hollywood Tavern in 1947. Point32 purchased the property in 2012 with the intention of preserving the site’s agri-industrial character and bringing together a destination distillery and tavern where folks could tour, taste, dine, relax, and celebrate. “Right away, we all knew the direction this special old place wanted to go,” says Point32’s Matt Kellogg.

“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,” notes Woodinville Whiskey co-founder Orlin Sorensen. Under the mentorship of David Pickerell, former 14-year Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Woodinville Whiskey has quickly become one of the state’s top craft distilleries, combining select Washington-grown grains and fresh Cascade mountain water in its handmade production process. Hard-core fans have been known to line up overnight for the company’s new releases, and are awaiting its annual “Harvest Release” later this fall. “We have a very exciting product coming to coincide with the opening of the new distillery,” says Sorensen.

This new roadside tavern fulfills Huxley Wallace Collective’s vision of bringing “handcrafted food and spaces to beautiful Washington State,” says Henderson, who started Skillet Street Food in a vintage Airstream trailer six years ago. Today, the Skillet family includes an award-winning diner with a second on the way, two successful food trucks, a thriving catering enterprise, the Skillet Counter, and its legendary Bacon Jam line. Roberts’ menu will include such tasty items as house-ground classic cheeseburgers on buttered, toasted milk rolls, spit-roasted local meats, and house-made pasta. The inspiration for catering is simplicity, with authentic technique and ingredients: Think whole roast pigs with salsa verde, whole-grain salads with roasted artichokes, seasonal house-made soft-serve ice cream (yes, kids will be welcome in the dining room and patio), and whiskey flights. Somersaults will be highly encouraged—and not just from the kids.

12 Comments

  1. Sounds Awesome! cant wait to visit

    Posted by Carrie Asplund, August 1, 2013 | Reply

  2. Looking forward to having this fine destination in our neighborhood. Thank you for preserving the tavern.

    Posted by Patrick O'Bryon, September 11, 2013 | Reply

  3. Any update as to a completion date? We have a group going to St. Nick’s at Columbia Winery on Dec 6, and we’re hoping we can walk across the street after and enjoy your new place!

    Posted by Myriam, October 11, 2013 | Reply

    • The restaurant should be open in a few weeks. The distillery is a bit behind, so probably not until later in December.

      Posted by OrlinS, October 14, 2013

  4. Your neighbors at Chateau Woods are excited to welcome you to the neighborhood!

    Posted by Laura, October 22, 2013 | Reply

  5. I have been going to the Little bar that’s what my kids called it since 1975. Can’t wait till you open. Lets have a pre grand opening for all the regulars .

    Posted by Mike young, October 27, 2013 | Reply

    • Just drove by and it looks like there are people inside! Open?

      Posted by Eben, October 30, 2013

    • Should be officially open in the next week or two. Detail on our Facebook page.

      Posted by OrlinS, November 1, 2013

  6. Do you have a tasting room?

    Posted by Leslie, November 10, 2013 | Reply

  7. I live on the hill above your new site. I am hoping there will be a clock on your tower, having a carillon working with it would be awesome. Where there is a clock tower people gather, making your site a place for people to gather. Just a little thought I wanted to pass on to you. Thanks, MBC

    Posted by Marjorie, November 12, 2013 | Reply

    • We hadn’t planned on it, but that’s a heck of an idea. We’ll look into it!

      Posted by OrlinS, November 13, 2013

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