What’s Happening at Redmond’s Bar and Grill
Redmond, WA —The restored Odd Fellows rings insignia will again adorn the front façade of Odd Fellows Hall at 7979 Leary Way. On December 4, 2012, Artech, Inc. of Seattle will reinstall the rings. The restoration process was coordinated by Tim Short, proprietor of Redmond’s Bar and Grill with support from the City’s Heritage Grant Program for the restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of historic properties.
The Heritage Grant Program provides funding to help support the long-term maintenance and preservation of Redmond’s landmark buildings and places including the Orson Wiley Stone House (The Stone House Café), Bill Brown’s Building (The Matador), the Anderson Park picnic shelter, and the historic building of the former Addi-Bon Café (El Toreador).
The Odd Fellows Hall is designated a historic landmark and is one of the most prominent wood frame buildings in downtown Redmond. This two-story commercial building is located near the center of the historic business district. Built in 1903, this distinctive structure served many purposes for the local community: meeting hall; fraternal lodge for the Redmond Eagles and then the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; performance and dance hall featuring the Les LaBrie Orchestra, the City’s first movie venue; commercial space for Edwardian Antiques; and now dining and entertainment establishment for Redmond’s Bar and Grill.
As Redmond grew during the early 1900’s, it developed an array of economic, social, and cultural institutions commonly associated with the establishment of communities in the American West. Redmond’s Independent Order of Odd Fellows was established in 1923 and like most fraternal organizations, was a means by which residents could reach out and provide support to one another. Typical activities at the Odd Fellows Hall included holiday celebrations, Thanksgiving dinners, rummage sales, community dances, theatrical events, card parties and more.
For additional information regarding this historic landmark, visit CityLandmarks or contact Kimberly Dietz, 425-556-2415 or email@example.com. For Redmond’s Bar and Grill, refer to redmondsgrill.com or call 425-558-9800. And, for Redmond history, contact the Redmond Historical Society at www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org and 425-885-2919.
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Melissa L. Goss-Halbert- Posted on December 27, 2011 at 5:00 am
You know those days where a friend pulls you aside to talk, and in your conversation you talk about a product or a business and you find yourself playfully challenged or dared to go try it?
Well, we’ve all heard about Redmond’s Bar and Grill lately right? This is one of those places that continue to pop up in friendly conversation, and a certain couple that I adore challenged me to try its “Godly French Prime Dip.” How could I refuse, right?
So, I being up for the challenge, I went into Redmond’s Bar and Grill and was immediately greeted by Ander Larson, co-owner of the establishment. This guy knows how to treat a customer, as well as the little ones. Ander knew that my almost-3 year old wouldn’t last long waiting for food, so by the time she was done coloring on her holiday-oriented color sheet, he personally brought her out a plate of fries and took the time to talk to her about her day. This truly meant the world to me—not only did he take the time to get to know us, but as I watched him move around the restaurant and bar area, I saw him take the time to talk to as many of his customers as possible. This was an amazing thing to watch.
As Larson asked people how their food was, there seemed to be a unanimous phrase: “killer food.” You know it’s good when there’s slang associated with it, right? What is equally amazing is that I have met his partner in crime, Tim Short, and the man behind the “killer food,” Chris Nelson. I have watched all three of them take the time to get to know their customers, which definitely shows me that this is a good community-oriented establishment. I almost felt like I was walking into a modern-day Cheers. I have only been into the establishment a few times, and they remember my name. Yes I know, corny, but seriously: Awesome!
Head Chef Chris Nelson has put together a spectacular menu and this French Prime Dip is no ordinary sandwich. Attention, guys and gals: smoked onions, seared prime rib is the real beef in this marriage, Swiss cheese smothered together on a French roll with auju on the side. When the sandwich arrived at the table I was greeted by a loving aroma of the prime rib and smoked onions, and my mouth was literally watering by the time I could say thank you.
Let me tell you one word here folks: Foodgasmic. The beef was so tender and flavorful that the accompaniment of smoked onions played the perfect complement to the subtle flavors of the prime rib. By the time my taste buds were absorbing that, I was eyeing the auju in the side bowl wondering if anyone would mind that I would be slurping down the auju to get to the meat that had fallen in. I am normally not a French dip girl, but guess what: I would probably tackle my husband if he was eating one right now. Yes, they are that good!
I took one to-go to surprise my husband, and he was in heaven and was actually disappointed that I didn’t order two sandwiches. If it wasn’t bad enough I was giving him the hairy eyeball for eating the French dip in front of me, he was ready to go back and order more to-go. So much for the diet, right? Lord help me, I have a new addiction. And for the side humor, my husband is cheering in the background. Hats off to Chef Chris Nelson—the hard work and dedication that you have put into your menu has really paid off. We will be there soon for more of those French Prime Dips; for the love of all that is mighty never remove this dish from your menu. There may be a protest out front if you do!
This unique bar and grill has cornered the market on its signature dishes, the French dip is one, but how about I tell you another? Please try a cup of the signature Northwest Chowder. The crew would only agree to acknowledge the ingredients that I could pick out from their secret recipe: smoked salmon, a white roux with some special seasonings and sauces that I can’t put my finger on, clams and bacon. This is one of the most flavorful, well put together chowders in town. The creamy soup is a texture adventure land, and I would love to know what you think about it.
And to clarify any confusion, this place is definitely family friendly. This isn’t just a tavern or run-of-the-mill bar with bar food. It is a unique dining experience catered to anyone. From the individual, to families to business meetings, to holiday parties, they do the work for you. You’ll find yourself in a relaxed and casual atmosphere with an amazing dining experience through the upscale menu that has yet to disappoint me.
Word is out! New Years Eve Party at Redmond’s! It’s going to be a wonderful evening. If you’re not up for eating some of the “killer food,” the party starts at 9 p.m. You can visit Redmond’s website for more information and check out the menu while you are there.
Chris Nelson, formerly of Hector’s and Beach Cafe in Kirkland, is the head chef at the new, upscale take on the traditional sports bar theme.
Redmond’s Bar and Grill is now open for business in the historic space formerly occupied by Oddfellow’s Grill at the corner of Leary Way and Redmond Way in downtown Redmond.
Owner Tim Short purchased the bar from Oddfellow’s Grill and officially opened for business on Saturday. Short, who is originally from Issaquah, has previously owned restaurants in Arizona and recently moved back to the Seattle area.
Short said he and his business partner, Ander Larson, aim for Redmond’s Bar and Grill to offer an atmosphere and food menu that is a step above what is found at the typical sports bar.
“We’re trying to kind of hit a niche in the Redmond area that isn’t really addressed,” Short said.
The menu, attached to this story, features burgers ($11-$14), sandwiches ($11-$13) and higher-end entrees like top sirloin steak ($24) and grilled salmon ($22). The establishment’s head chef is Chris Nelson, who previously worked at Hector’s in Kirkland and Beach Café, also located in Kirkland.
Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. seven days a week and features discounted drinks and appetizers. Short said the bar’s hours are currently 3 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Starting this weekend, Short said the bar will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday to screen NFL and NCAA football games.