Although not officially open until Feb. 8, Diamond Knot Brewpub @ MLT has set sail for some pre-opening service and activities, giving the public a first look at the new restaurant/brewpub at the West Plaza shopping center in Mountlake Terrace.
The interior of the 8,900-square-foot brewpub is a mixture of wood and steel, with large windows exposing the brewery area to restaurant seating, a large bar area and a separate banquet room with space for up to 60 people. The bar and kitchen are in full operation; work continues on getting brewery operations up and running. Until the brewery is functional, Diamond Knot will truck kegs of their craft beers down from their operations in Mukilteo.
“We are still getting the brewery dialed in and are working on signage and landscaping,” said Sherry Jennings, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing Director of Communications. A chain link fence still surrounds the grain silo outside the brewpub, but the fence is expected to be replaced soon with large planters, small trees and shrubbery.
Company employees, contractors, family members and special guests got the first peek at the much-anticipated addition to the downtown district of Mountlake Terrace. But word-of-mouth also attracted some locals to the brewpub; by 7 p.m. on Saturday the bar was packed with patrons.
“The pre-opening dinners are meant as training and as a way to say thank you to the people who have made, or are making, this journey with us,” Jennings noted.
— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski