Redmond's Woodblock restaurant, quietly open this week, is holding grand opening festivities at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 18, including a ribbon cutting by Redmond Mayor John Marchione (the restaurant requests an RSVP for the event by Wednesday). Woodblock is a project of Carolyn and Tony Scott, their first; chef Rodel Borromeo leads the kitchen and Bryce Sweeney heads the bar program.
The focus will be on local and seasonal food, and the plan is to offer "something for everyone," with a strong cocktail list for date night or drinks with friends and an accessible, rotating menu that the whole family will enjoy. Here's a look at the opening dishes, featuring comfort food like a Scotch egg on a bed of caramelized onions and arugula or mac with five kinds of cheese and truffle sauce:
Woodblock's 2,300 square feet hold 76 seats, including 12 at the bar. The decor features woven pendant lamps, a reclaimed Douglas fir bar, and a custom woodcut art piece by Charles Spitzack.
16175 Cleveland Street #109, Redmond, (425) 285-9458, website. Open daily from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and until 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.