Take a look inside McMenamins Anderson School

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

IMG 2761The founders of McMenamins, Mike (left) and Brian McMenamin, stand inside the Anderson School in Bothell, which is under construction to be converted into a 72-room hotel. Each classroom in the former school will become three to four guest rooms with private baths.

IMG 2819Hotel guests and Bothell residents will get free use of the 112-foot, 90-degree saltwater pool, which Mike McMenamin admitted has been the most challenging aspect of renovating the property. The pool building will be filled with tropical landscaping, guests can enjoy drinks at a balcony pub overlooking the pool and there’s space for bands to play at the end of the pool. The public can also pay to use the pool.

IMG 2786One-third of the gym will be converted into a first-run movie theater with 134 seats. The theater will have food and beverage service, and can also be a multi-use space for speaking engagements. The rest of the former gym will be used for meeting space. Mike McMenamin explained it would be cheaper to build a new hotel than to rehabilitate an old building, but the brothers prefer to work with older buildings. “It just seems more human to me when you have an old space and make it work,” Mike McMenamin said.

IMG 2793A 10-barrel brewery, bar and meeting rooms are under construction in the school’s former woodshop. Construction on the property is almost at the peak right now, with about 80 workers on site. The Woodshop bar and game room will be one of many dining locations on the property. The former cafeteria will become a fresh restaurant incorporating local ingredients; the principal’s office will become a wine and coffee bar; a jungle-inspired pub will overlook the pool; and a small bar called “The Shack” is being built in the center courtyard. Mike McMenamin said people are drawn to relaxing in their old school in part because they can “have food and drink that’s maybe a little better than what they had before.”

IMG 2821“The Shack” is the only part of the property being built new. When complete, the tiny building in the courtyard will have indoor and outdoor fireplaces and will be surrounded by fire pits. With no TV or music in The Shack, the idea is to encourage people to talk to each other while enjoying food and beverages, the McMenamin brothers said. “It’s really fun to see people from all over the country or the world chit-chatting,” Brian McMenamin said.

City Council: orphan roads, underground utilities and more

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Business license for recycling

Woodinville may start charging for a new type of business license — one that affects only one company in the city.
“Back in June of 2014, the City Council approved the new business license, which will be implemented this fall,” Woodinville Finance Director Blaine Fritts explained during last week’s City Council meeting. “And in that discussion, the council expressed interest in looking at options for identifying revenues that could be collected from businesses that have high impact on our road system, such as a transfer station or recycling center.”

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Smarter Balanced Assessment informational meeting for parents

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Northshore School District, in partnership with the Northshore Council PTSA, is holding an additional informational meeting for parents on Smarter Balanced Assessments on Wednesday, April 29, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Leota Junior High School library, 19301 168th Ave. NE, Woodinville. Join us for an overview of Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments, how Smarter Balanced Assessments are different than previous state assessments and the impacts to students by grade level. Parents will also have the opportunity to work through sample test questions and get their questions answered.

For more information on Smarter Balanced Assessments, visit Please contact the district’s communications office, 425-408-7670, for more information on the informational meeting.