Copperworks to open Kenmore restaurant this summer

Award-winning Seattle-founded distillery Copperworks Distilling Co. recently confirmed summer 2023 as the expected opening date for its expansion into Kenmore.

Plans for the expansion, which the DJC first reported on in Oct. 2021, have also evolved. The original plan was to develop a tasting room/cocktail bar and restaurant, plus a new brewing facility for its whiskey, at 7324 N.E. 175th St.

The brewery portion has now been shelved following Copperworks’ new partnership with Talking Cedar Brewery and Distillery in Rochester, which allows for an increase in brewing and overall production capacity. Distillation, barreling, and bottling will continue to take place at Copperworks’ waterfront distillery.

“By partnering with Talking Cedar Brewery and Distillery, we’ve been able to increase our brewing capacity immediately and no longer need to build our own brewery which was our initial plan,” Copperworks co-owner, Jason Parker, explained in a press release. “This saves us millions in capital expenditures and means more whiskey will be available for sale even sooner. We barreled more whiskey in 2022 than any year prior thanks to the help of Talking Cedar and its state-of-the-art facility.”

Copperworks’ new Kenmore tasting room/cocktail bar and restaurant will open as originally planned in an approximately 5,000-square-foot building last occupied by 9 Yards Brewing Co. Cardinal Architecture has designed the new space which will be family friendly and will feature an indoor bar and table seating, garage doors that open up to an expansive patio with cafe lights, and extra space for events.

BMDC Services is the general contractor and interior designer for the project which broke ground in early 2022. Installation of kitchen equipment, landscaping, and other final touches are still to be finished.

In other company news, Copperworks is in the design phase for another new cocktail bar and restaurant, plus events and educational space, that it plans to open at the 51 University Building in Downtown Seattle. That project is also being designed by Cardinal and will be located adjacent to Copperworks original distillery and tasting room which opened in the building in 2012. The new downtown spot will be around 7,000 square feet. The original distillery is 6,900 square feet.

That location is targeted to open in mid-2024. Rafn Company is the general contractor there.

“When our downtown Seattle cocktail bar, restaurant, and event space is completed, we will be in a great position to take advantage of the substantial growth of tourism expected on the Seattle waterfront in the coming years,” Parker added in the release.

The company used crowdfunder StartEngine to raise nearly $2 million for its new locations.

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