Like so many other taprooms, alehouses, and restaurants, the Diamond Knot Brewing Alehouse in Mukilteo, Washington recently added outdoor seating. The company looked forward to offering customers an alfresco dining and drinking opportunity as the spring and summer unfolded. Now, Diamond Knot is shutting down its patio seating at the Alehouse. Not because it wants to, but because it must. Short-lived, but nice while it lasted.
The Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse is located on Mukilteo’s waterfront, across the street from the old ferry terminal and adjacent to the waterfront park and historic Mukilteo Lighthouse. The company also operates a taproom at its production brewery a few miles away in Mukilteo as well as a brewpub in Mountlake Terrace.
“Early last week we were notified by the City of Mukilteo that the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, who had originally given the green light for the City of Mukilteo to approve our permit to operate on the sidewalk, retracted the statement after finding that allowing Diamond Knot to have outdoor seating on park property put the City of Mukilteo out of compliance with grant funding,” said an email from Diamond Knot Brewing.
Comments on Facebook suggest that the city’s change of position is related to complaints from one of the other businesses in the neighborhood. We have not verified that assertion; this report is based on what was said in the brewery’s public statement.
“We called Governor Inslee’s office only to be told it would be a waste of time for his office to write a letter to the RCO asking them to reconsider,” Diamond Knot’s message said.
“Big thanks to the City of Mukilteo for working so hard with us through all of this. They expedited the process to get the permits for us to be able to open outdoor dining at the Alehouse and worked so quickly to get that permit issued.”
“This has been a pretty tough pill for us to swallow but as with most things in the past year and a half, we resign to the fact that our hands are tied and the best we can do is continue to push through these challenges. We will still be there for you, indoors, with craft beer, exceptional food and lively experiences.”
“On behalf of all of us here at Diamond Knot, we’d like to apologize to you for being unable to continue with such a great experience of sitting outside on the waterfront in Mukilteo with a cold beer in your hand. We appreciate you and hope to see you soon.”
Added: Following our report, King 5 News did a story about the situation. You can see that here.