Naked City Brewery closed its year-old Camano Island location earlier this week. The company announced the news on its Facebook page, with vague references to “circumstances beyond our control” as the reason behind the closure. Naked City also shut down its 10-year-old Greenwood taproom and brewery on Christmas Eve last year, though it vowed to keep the Camano location going. It’s unclear whether this development spells the demise of the Naked City brand altogether, or if it will seek to reopen elsewhere; the company did not respond by press time to Eater’s request for clarification.
Naked City (848 Sunrise Blvd. Suite E101) hinted on Facebook that this latest news is somehow tied to the Greenwood closure: “In the months since the closing of our Greenwood location, circumstances have developed that made it impossible. It’s important to note that the circumstances don’t have anything to do with the Camano pub.”
When it opened on Camano last April, Naked City worked hard to integrate itself into island life. Head brewer Don Webb created an “Easy Island” beer series, borrowing the island’s tagline. Brewpub executive chef Tessa Roberts developed a menu that used some island ingredients.
Naked City cited “rising costs” and a “rapidly changing neighborhood” for its Greenwood closure, so perhaps the finances just weren’t working out on Camano. It’s a sure loss for a community that already suffered a dearth of gathering spaces.