Carolyn and Tony Scott are delighted to announce the opening of their first restaurant, Woodblock. The official grand opening will take place at 4pm on March 18 with a ribbon cutting by Redmond Mayor John Marchione.
Woodblock is located on Cleveland Street in the Old Town Lofts, a new building in downtown Redmond. The restaurant is right next to the Connector Trail and the forthcoming Redmond Central Park, which will have a pavilion for performances and space for families and friends to gather and play. The area has been redesigned with pedestrians in mind with lights strung across the street and wide sidewalks—something that Woodblock will take advantage of with outdoor seating come summertime.
Longtime Redmond residents, the Scotts felt inspired to create a restaurant that would be comfortable any night of the week. An inviting place perfect for a date, dinner with the kids, hopping off your bike for a bite at the bar, or socializing with a group of friends.
“Carolyn and I met 20 years ago working at The Painted Table in Seattle,” says Tony Scott. “Opening our own restaurant has always been a long-held dream of ours—and the timing was finally right!”
“We are so excited about Woodblock,” says Carolyn Scott. “We can’t wait to open the doors and share what we’ve created with the growing Redmond community!”
Inside the 2300 square-foot space, there are 76 seats, including 12 at the bar. Assorted woven pendant lamps hang from the ceiling below a repurposed metal barrel lamp, making for a warmly lit atmosphere. The bar is reclaimed Douglas fir, complemented by gray banquettes and a yellow accent wall behind the bar. Tall tables complete the bar area, while banquette seating runs the length of the space. A custom woodcut art piece by Charles Spitzack hangs in the far side of the dining room—the final piece is displayed along with the initial one-color prints, as well as the actual woodblocks.
The restaurant is named for the printing technique where layers of color come together to create the final image—at Woodblock, layers of flavor come together to create bright, bold dishes paired with warm hospitality.
The menu will focus on local and seasonal fare and offer something for everyone. Snacks include: Herb Roasted Olives, Blistered Shishito Peppers, and Scotch Eggs. Small plates include: a Grilled Caesar Salad, Fried Calamari over chickpea puree with golden raisins and cilantro, Heirloom Carrots with maple syrup, house ricotta, and balsamic reduction, Mac & Cheese, Mussels & Fennel with shallots, garlic, butter, Pernod, and white wine, and a rotating Charcuterie Board. Sharable entrees include: a Crispy Roasted Duck Leg, Braised Oxtail-Butternut Squash Risotto, Pan-Seared Striped Bass, and a Grilled Rib Eye topped with a mushroom, blue cheese, and truffle sauce, and served with baby potatoes and leeks. Woodblock will also offer a burger with cheddar, smoked pork belly, baby greens, tomato, and a sweet onion & smoked chili aioli.
The bar will have the feel of a beloved old bar, with welcome modern updates. Mr. Scott and the bar manager have curated a wide selection of American whiskeys and other spirits, with a special focus on local distilleries like Oola, Sun Liquor, and Woodinville Whiskey.
The cocktail menu will be a mix of classics—Vesper, Old Fashioned, Hemingway’s Daiquiri—as well as barrel aged Negronis, Manhattans, and Boulevardiers, plus Woodblock originals.
Cocktails will include: The Smoking Jacket with Cuttysark Prohibition Scotch, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, and Cocchi Rosa; High Society with Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon, Aperol, coriander simple syrup, fresh squeezed grapefruit, and Angostura bitters; and True Blood with Oola Gin, Nonino Quintessentia, roasted beet and tarragon shrub, and fresh squeezed lemon.
Woodblock will be open daily from 4pm to 11pm, and until 12am on Friday and Saturday. Happy will be daily from 4pm to 6pm in the bar and a late night menu will be available from 10pm to close. For more information or to make reservations, call 425.285.9458 or visit www.woodblockredmond.com
Woodblock is located at 16175 Cleveland Street in Redmond, Washington.