Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Woodblock restaurant opens early 2016 in downtown Redmond

Redmond couple are owner/operators of future craft cocktail bar & restaurant 

For Immediate Release, Redmond WA November 18th 2015:
              The renewal of downtown Redmond is creating an even more vibrant, pedestrian-friendly city with the addition of mixed-use complexes, urban park plans and the designation of Cleveland Street as Redmond’s official Main Street. The City of Redmond, already highly rated for walk-ability, plans an “extension of resident living space” between Cleveland Street and Redmond Way in the heart of downtown. The downtown revitalization will stimulate economic activity in the neighborhood, according to the City of Redmond. New businesses have already joined the downtown community, most recently Woodblock, a craft cocktail bar and restaurant is opening in early 2016.
Woodblock’s focus will be a robust craft cocktail program (menu) including house-barrel aged cocktails, classic and creative beverages using fresh, seasonal ingredients and an extensive selection of  spirits. Local distilleries, wineries and breweries will be the spotlight in the  bar, while the kitchen will cook with ingredients that are NW grown, raised, caught and sourced. “The flavors will be big, the menu always evolving, utilizing what is freshest and in season,” explains Tony Scott co-owner/operator. 
              Woodblock is located in a light-filled corner of the Old Town Lofts building, facing what will be the new downtown park on Cleveland Street.  The restaurant was designed by Atelier Drome, LLP in Seattle, who have designed a fistful of Ethan Stowel’s Restaurants and Michelin Star rated Altura, Nathan & Rebecca Lockwood’s Capitol Hill restaurant.
              Tony and Carolyn Scott have lived and been very active in the Redmond community for 17 years; their home is within walking distance of their new restaurant location.  The pair met while working as server and bartender at Seattle’s highly rated Painted Table restaurant in the Alexis Hotel. “Tony has been talking about “the restaurant” for 18 years; we want to create an establishment that is warm and welcoming, energetic and casual, like a dinner party at our home,” says Carolyn. 
              The restaurant is named, Woodblock, because of Tony and Carolyn’s love of woodblock art. Woodblock printing involves layers of color, much like the layers of flavor in food and cocktails creating a memorable meal. The layering analogy is a reoccurring theme, adding flavor, both literally and figuratively to a lively community. “We are very excited to create another social hub for our town,” says the couple. 
About Woodblock: 
              Founded by Carolyn & Tony Scott in downtown Redmond, WA, Woodblock is a craft cocktail bar and restaurant with approximately 80 seats opening in February of 2016.  It has been their dream to open a neighborhood restaurant in the community in which they reside and work.  Woodblock is the kind of restaurant that draws guests back because of a warm, welcoming atmosphere, excellent food, drink, exceeding expectations. There will be a seasonal patio with an additional 25 seats.
              Woodblock is in the newly completed Old Town Lofts building in Downtown Redmond. The restaurant shares the lower level space with Hoffman’s Bakery which is soon to close in Kirkland and slated to reopen in December 2015 next to Woodblock. It is also a block from Tipsy Cow and Matador in central Redmond. There is ample street and retail parking in the building and the heart-of-downtown location is easy to access on foot for local residents.
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Deba Wegner
Recipe for Success, Inc.
Old Town Lots – Redmond
16175 Cleveland Street Suite #109
Redmond, WA  98052
Tony & Carolyn Scott
425-301-2831 (cell)