Bellevue’s Lincoln Square expansion continues to be a destination for food lovers, offering a range of dining options as varied as one’s palate.
A new addition to this culinary scene is Henry’s Tavern, a bar and restaurant that first opened in the historic Blitz-Weinhard Brewery Complex in Portland, Oregon, in 2004, and has since established locations in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood (in 2013) and South Lake Union neighborhood (opening this fall).
When the Eastside location opens this month, it will occupy a little more than 12,000 square feet on the third floor of the Lincoln Square expansion (just across the way from Cinemark Reserve) and employ 150 people.
Over the years, mac and cheese burgers and hand-seasoned gorgonzola waffle fries have created repeat customers out of first-time visitors to Henry’s Tavern. Also of note: there are 100 varieties of beer, cider, and other hoppy libations on tap. Henry’s Tavern in Bellevue will continue to offer these staples (and its tap list will even include Eastside brewers, such as Black Raven Brewing Company, Mac & Jack’s Brewery, Bellevue Brewing Company, and Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company), but with some variations exclusive to the Eastside.
“We will be doing the classic Henry’s Tavern menu, but we will also be trying a lot of new things to see how they play,” said executive chef Sean Borst during a preview of the Bellevue Henry’s Tavern, just three weeks before it opens to the public. “We will be introducing new foods and bringing a healthier concept to this (location). We are switching gears a little bit, which is kind of a new direction for Henry’s Tavern.”
For example, Bellevue diners may opt for healthier menu items, such as a protein power bowl packed with kale, quinoa, chickpeas, avocado, cheddar cheese, broccoli, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and pear vinaigrette; or a sesame ginger ahi salad comprised of spicy seared rare ahi, house greens, green onions, fresh mango, avocado, and ginger-lime vinaigrette.
Borst also plans to introduce brewmaster dinners, which perfectly pair entrees with specific types of beer, and even whisky.
Also on the menu: artisan sandwiches, street tacos, pizza, chili, bratwurst, and Asian-inspired entrees prepared in a wok and served with fried rice, Sriracha, and crispy noodles. Dessert includes cinnamon apple doughnuts, an ice cream sandwich, key lime pie, and a chocolate stout.
As usual, beer lovers won’t be disappointed by the selection at Henry’s Tavern.
“This is our focal point of the restaurant,” said assistant general manager Zac Symonds, pointing to the center of the restaurant, where a wide, rectangular bar will accommodate about three-dozen bar stools. “We will have an incredible capacity to serve beer.” He noted 20 taps will rotate often, based on customers’ demands and interests. “If our guests say, ‘This is a great local beer that just came up,’ then we have the flexibility to put it on. Twenty rotating taps are an incredible amount. That’s more rotating taps than most bars have (in just) taps.”
Bar visitors at Henry’s Tavern in Bellevue can choose to keep their pints cold thanks to a custom-made, frost-covered drink rail, or relax on an outdoor patio with seating for approximately 50 people, complete with sweeping city views. The location also will have private dining rooms, two shuffleboard tables, and an impressive keg cooler visible to the public.
Henry’s Tavern will open to the public on Aug. 30, and is located at 500 Bellevue Way Northeast, Suite 310, in downtown Bellevue. More information is available online.