Download this Podcast
The Methow Valley, located in north central Washington, is a known sunny and relaxed winter destination for world class cross-country skiing and countless other winter sports. The summer months bring a wave of tourists into the valley to join the locals in indulging in organic produce at a farmers market, enjoying the thriving arts community, lingering at the bookstores, sport shops, or bakeries, and participating in sporting events.
With a successful background in restaurant equipment sales and a brilliant eye for design, the owners transformed the interior to match the stunning exterior that draws customers in. The remodeled dining area was professionally designed by a restaurant specialist to layout 108 dining seats. With the assistance of a Portland based restaurant consultant, management features were added to provide stream lined service. No expense was spared in the design, construction and equipment. Steel framed mirrors that were hand crafted by a local artisan line the wall and add an illuminating atmosphere.
Art glass with inset natural reeds acts as an attractive divider between the 33 seat bakery and 108 seat dining room. The dining room is enlarged with a semi open kitchen that offers everything you need for a complete grill menu. The new kitchen equipment and poin t of sales technology creates a fluid system between the front and back of the house. With a full scratch bakery on the facility, the restaurant can offer more than local eateries. A bakery menu that served scones, muffins, and fresh fococcia bread made Blackbirds an icon for an upscale northwest bakery with a local flair. Customers are greeted with bakery granite counters, a deli cold case, and a two group espresso machine that contributes to the aroma and a welcoming “at home” feel.
By morning, the comfortable lounging area with easy to clean leather chairs welcomes patrons to start their morning right with a latte and pastry. At night, it becomes a waiting area where patron can enjoy a glass of local wine before dinner. Local art hung on the wall, not only provides additional sales to artists, but adds to the experience for customers and staff alike. An extra luxury for patrons is the full service bar that opens to the dining room, the summer patio, and looks out at the amphitheater. The service stations are designed to serve customers on the outdoor patio. Sunday brunches are anticipated by locals. For late night movies or theater, customers can find comfort in viewing the amphitheater from indoors, or choose to watch sitting outside in the cool summer breeze.
The Methow Valley has numerous musicians, artists, and entertainers. From blue grass, to drumming circles, to world class acoustics, and is host to many up and coming Seattle based bands. The amphitheater’s state of the art equipment for music, dancing, theater, and outdoor movies is included in the lease terms. Over $20,000 of lighting and audio equipment was invested when building the stage. Musicians and dancers alike find performing in the outdoors a delight. The stadium seating is ideal for large or small groups. The summer patio is approximately 1,000 square feet and comfortably accommodates an additional 100 seats. The outdoor patio and amphitheater has hosted bicycle race awards, outdoor movies, and local special events. Buyers can easily see the prospect of additional revenue by offering private parties, weddings, and catering packages.
In the summer, the eastern exposure is a perfect setting for enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery. The hot August days are shaded with a beautiful trellis and cooling mist system. As the new owner, a swift opening is promising, as well as a positive return on investment. Located in Twisp, Washington, the heart of the Methow Valley, is just a few miles from Winthrop and Mazama. This unique opportunity is available for an owner operator with experience running a successful restaurant.