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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse Coming to Redmond Town Center

A representative from the shopping center says the new eatery is expected to open sometime next spring.

Redmond Town Center will soon be home to a new BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse location.

BJ's is a California-based chain of casual dining establishments known for their Chicago-style pizza and extensive beer selection. Christina Henning, senior marketing manager for Redmond Town Center, said the eatery is expected to open sometime next spring. 

“I think it’ll add an interesting food option in Redmond,” Henning said. “We’re very, very excited to be bringing in this national restaurant tenant.”

BJ's is building a whole new stand-alone restaurant in the former location of Desert Fire, which closed about a month ago and was subsequently demolished. The Redmond location will be BJ's third in Washington state; the two other restaurants are located at Southcenter Mall and in Tacoma.

In other Redmond Town Center news, a Harley-Davidson accessory store opened a few weeks ago across from REI on 166th Avenue Northeast, Henning said. Permanent tenants are still being sought for the vacant spaces left by Borders, Ruby's Diner and Tully's.

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Ann November 13, 2012 at 04:38 PM
My goodness! I didn't realize that Desert Fire was closed, let alone demolished. I guess I should take a spin around the back next time I'm at REI. The pizza place will be very successful with local families, I'm sure.
Paula November 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I have to say I am disappointed that another chain is coming to Redmond. We don't need another BIG pizza, burger, beer spot. What Redmond needs is some smaller interesting restaurants - the Red 160 space would be perfect for a Melrose Market atmosphere (think small cheese shop, sandwich spot, wine shop, Sitka & Spruce) why should Seattle (even Bellevue/Kirkland) have smaller unique dining spots, Kirkland is doing this with the add of Volterra and Trellis is fantastic - we really don't need more burgers and pizza in Redmond , more places like Stone House and Pom.
Malia Kawaguchi November 13, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Hear hear, Paula! We need more uniqueness, not less. Pom is a destination. Can we do more like that? I agree that Redmond is pretty family friendly focused, but it can't all be beer and pizza.
Barry Givens November 13, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Unless obesity is family friendly I wouldn't call Chicago style pizza family friendly! (That's just a snarky comment that I couldn't resist). We've got a lot of big spaces in Redmond that are going to be difficult to fill with new and unique restaurants - it is too bad. Agree with Paula on the Red 160 spaces; unfortunately it seems like those were built out with large restaurant and retail spaces in mind. Smaller retail/restaurant spaces would allow new restauranteurs to come into Redmond with unique concepts similar to what you can see in Ballard, Fremont and Wallingford. I love the Melrose Market concept for the new retail spaces along Clevland. There will be plenty of foot traffic and residential to support those types of shops and it would be a great draw for the months when the Redmond Saturday Market is closed.
Caitlin Moran November 13, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Some good points, Barry. It's true that many new "multi-use" apartment buildings have retail space that is too large and/or swanky (i.e., expensive) to draw in independent restaurants and shops. I'm not sure exactly how the retail space will be divided in the apartments that are currently going up in Redmond, but that will definitely be worth looking into in the future.
Anka Foltz November 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM
A type of food worth duplicating is what they serve at "Graces 5" restaurant in DT Redmond on 164th... They serve REAL food and not some "tasty processed food look-a-likes"... Another pizza/burger place??? That wd defenitely not be my choice... What business is moving into the space where Borders Bookstore used to be?
Myriam Gabriel-Pollock November 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Let's have more "real" restaurants and cafes with well-crafted and unique food, reasonable prices, and cool atmosphere. We have plenty of "family" restaurants; I want more local "date night" spots. I love Stone House, Pomegranate, Matador, and Tropea. It'd be wonderful if some Seattle places would open a satellite location in Redmond--places like Steelhead Diner, Hi-Life cafe, La Spiga, Lola, etc. C'mon Tom Douglas and Ethan Stowell, open up a restaurant in Redmond! I promise it will be full!
Caitlin Moran November 14, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Anka, I ask that very question every time I talk to the fine folks at Redmond Town Center. As of Monday, they had nothing new to report on the Borders space.
Ann November 14, 2012 at 05:27 PM
You won't see many non-family friendly restaurants in that area with a space that size. This is tens of thousands of dollars a month in rent not including hundreds of thousands of dollars for construction. Not many small or intimate spaces have a 1/2 million dollar budget. If you want small, go small. It's the only way real restaurants can afford to operate. And Tom Douglas? Yuck. His Bravehorse has gone way down hill and his food is far to expensive for the price!
Paula November 15, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Rumor is that we are getting another new restaurant - The Issho Sushi location has been purchased by another restaurant (posted on their FB page) I hear it's a Seattle restaurant opening a Redmond location....I hope it's not more pizza & burgers!
Carol January 05, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Finally some delicious pizza!
Ashley January 17, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Although its another chain of what you all call family dining. Bjs is an amazing restaurant that can fit everyones syle. Its one of our favorite restaurants and there's only two in our family. Don't knock it til you try it.
Cat Godkin January 19, 2013 at 08:31 AM
I am so excited about BJ's coming in to Redmond. They have amazing pizza, especially the Buffalo Chicken pizza. yummy!!! My husband used to be a brewer at St. Arnold's in Houston, Texas. It was a local microbrewery and BJ's contracted them to make their beer. Great restaurant and I think a great addition to Redmond!!
Avis Ferguson February 23, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Graces 5 has closed.
Brent April 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Looking forward to the opening. Does anyone know when that is supposed to be?
Caitlin Moran April 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Hi Brent, I checked in with Redmond Town Center about two weeks ago and they said it was looking like the first week of May, or so. I'll try to firm that up a bit more in the coming weeks.
LouAnn Tarnow May 01, 2013 at 04:38 AM
I hope it will be open on May 3, 2013. I am meeting friends there.
Caitlin Moran May 01, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Hi LouAnn, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but BJ's has announced an opening date of May 6. We posted an update here last week: http://patch.com/A-3RgV
Karen Kasbohm White May 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM
The service here totally sucks they could care less if you are unhappy unless you are leaving and telling everyone waiting for a table that the place sucks. No idea how the food is only saw it for a second and asked them to box it up and 8 minutes later they still had not returned. No comp on my check when I complained to wait staff about it taking 40 minutes to make 2 sliders and fries and my dining partner NEVER got her club sandwich. What I saw of my food was way overpriced. Caitlin I do not know what planet you are from but this place is a joke they hide the mediocre overpriced food in a fancy environment. My suggestion is you look for a real restaurant.

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