A new mixed-use urban community will include a brewery from Walla Walla.
Sean Sullivan knows pretty much everything about what’s happening on the Washington wine scene. The producer of the esteemed Washington Wine Report shared news recently that the city of Woodinville is slated to get a Walla Walla wine outpost. So, what’s that got to do with beer?
The new tasting destination, part of The Schoolhouse District project, will include a brewery taproom alongside tasting rooms for at least two Walla Walla wineries: L’Ecole No. 41 and Valdemar Estates. Walla Walla Steak Co. and Crossbuck Brewing, which are essentially joined at the hip, will operate a restaurant and taproom at the new downtown Woodinville development. (All renderings and photos from The Schoolhouse District website.)
The Schoolhouse District is a new mixed-use development that combines retail with residential to create a “walk anywhere” community. Insite Property Solutions is managing the project. Along with 266 apartments and the aforementioned wineries and restaurant/brewery taproom, other retail operators slated to open as part of The Schoolhouse District include Ballard Pizza Company, Cafe Dupar, Oasis Medspa & Salon, other wineries tasting rooms, and more.
The project gets its name from the historic schoolhouse on the site, which was originally built in 1909 but has been empty for the past decade. The actual schoolhouse will now house Walla Walla Steak Co. and Crossbuck Brewing. We originally introduced you to Crossbuck Brewing here. The opening date is slated for sometime in 2022. We will keep you posted. In the meantime…
From the story on the Washington Wine Report:
Walla Walla Steak Co. and Crossbuck Brewing meanwhile will occupy two floors in the renovated schoolhouse. The steak house and brewery opened their first location in Walla Walla in October 2018 in a brick-lined former train depot. The new location’s brick façade will not only give it a similar look, the interior will have similar design concepts.
“You will be able to walk into the historic schoolhouse, see the kitchen, and you can go left to the tap room or right to the steak room,” says managing partner Dan Thiessen. “That’s proven to be sort of a magic formula for our concept in Walla Walla.”
Thiessen says both restaurants will have a “come as you are and blue jean comfort.” As in Walla Walla, the same food will be available at both the steakhouse and brewery.
“If you want to sit in the tap room, watch the game, and have a prime New York [steak], you can do that,” Thiessen says. “You want to sit in the bar of the steakhouse and have a Crossbuck burger, you can do that too.” Crossbuck’s beer will continue to be brewed in Walla Walla, but Thiessen says the restaurant will have a similar “tap room feel” as its other location.