The Hollywood taproom slated for closure
This is an urgent request to assist a brewery in need. The Good Brewing Company Hollywood Taproom in Woodinville faces closure at the behest of an unfortunate action by King County. The taproom and eight other businesses are being forced to close by the end of this year. You can help.
“King County has informed us they intend to close our Good Brewing Hollywood Taproom location and eight other businesses at the end of the year (22 days),” said a message I received last night from Jake Hoveland of Good Brewing. “We have started a petition per the request of our customers and the beer community.”
The local paper did an in depth article about the issue. See it here.
Information from King County is available here.
The Washington Beer Blog focuses on beer, so I recommend doing more research on your own if you wish to gain a deep understanding of the issue.
The shortest version, King County recently created an Adult Beverage Ordinance that will preclude businesses like brewery taprooms from operating in certain places. Good Brewing’s Hollywood Taproom is one of those places. Although “adult beverage” is in the name, it’s really more about land use than alcohol.
The brewery and the other businesses were given verbal commitments to continue operations while King County sorted things out and created the new ordinance. Now that the ordinance is complete, the businesses are asking the County to add a grandfather clause to the ordinance allowing such existing businesses to stay open.
Whatever the case, the optics are bad. It is easy to look at this and see the County as being unconcerned with the impact on small businesses that have already suffered so greatly over the past couple of years. Is that true? You decide.
You can sign the petition here.