Making a surprise appearance at Monday’s Mountlake Terrace City Council meeting, officials from Diamond Knot Craft Brewing of Mukilteo announced they are opening an 8,900 square foot brewpub in the West Plaza shopping center in Mountlake Terrace later this year.
“This is our official public disclosure – we don’t have to hide anymore, no more secrets – we will be moving into the West Plaza building at 5602-232nd St.,” Diamond Knot Craft Brewing Director of Communications Sherry Jennings told the city council on Monday.
“We’re very interested in joining the community,” Jennings added. “This is very exciting for us.”
The Diamond Knot Brewpub @ MLT will include restaurant seating for 250, a private banquet room for 60, and full brewery operations capable of producing 1,500 barrels of brew annually, Jennings said. They are leasing space next to Double DD Meats, 5602-232nd St. S.W., that has been vacant for years.
The company has had their eyes on expanding its operations beyond its present alehouse in Mukilteo and brewpub on Camano Island for some time, but held off on announcing its lease agreement with West Plaza management until a recent remodel of their Mukilteo restaurant was completed.
“Mountlake Terrace is an area in which we have been interested, so in good faith we asked West Plaza LLC to be patient with us while we focused our efforts on our Mukilteo Alehouse expansion,” said Diamond Knot President Bob Maphet. That expansion was completed earlier this spring.
West Plaza LLC officials were delighted to have Diamond Knot Craft Brewing join the fold of businesses that included a pizza restaurant, a Chinese food restaurant, a dry cleaners and a post office in the shopping center. “We have wanted to operate a brewery in this location ever since we purchased it,” said Kirk Ishizaki, spokesperson for West Plaza LLC. “Diamond Knot is the perfect quality brand, and we are excited by the years of brewing and retail experience they bring with them.”
Even though the announcement of the lease wasn’t made until Monday, some work has already begun on the 8,900-square-foot space the Diamond Knot Brewpub @ MLT will be utilizing. “Giving them time to focus on the (Mukilteo) Alehouse gave us time to create a vision of a brewpub that would be in line with our mutual goals, as well as what reflects the community,” Ishizaki explained.
Work at the site has slowed recently as the proper permits for further construction were being obtained from the city.
Referring to King5 TV’s Best of Western Washington awards given to both Diamond Knot and Double DD Meats in 2012, Ishizaki said, “It seems almost surreal that we will have two Best of Western Washington winners in one building together.” Diamond Knot won the viewer poll award for best brewpub, Double DD Meats for best butcher last year.
Diamond Knot Brewpub @ MLT is expected to be open for business sometime this fall. The company anticipates hiring about 50 employees for the Mountlake Terrace restaurant and brewery.
The name Diamond Knot pays homage to a 326-foot cruiser, the M/V Diamond Knot, that went down in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in August, 1947. The ship’s $3.5 million cargo of more than 150,000 cases of canned fish was salvaged; the shipwreck is now a favorite of divers.