Outdoor dining would enhance Lighthouse Park | Letter

Jul 16, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

This is an open letter to Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and the City Council:

It has come to our attention that the council is considering outdoor café seating on the property adjacent to the Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse at Lighthouse Park “Leasing of parkland to brewery considered," The Beacon, front page, July 16].

The management team at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing would like to encourage the council to move forward with review and cost analysis for such use. We are certain that café seating at the proposed area would complement the park, as well as extend Diamond Knot’s already lively experience to the entrance of the park.

For all the right reasons, we feel that creating a vibrant area at the corner will foster positive social opportunities, enhance the visual appearance at the entrance to the park and give visitors another reason to stop and enjoy all that the park has to offer.

With the future construction of the multimodal station east of the historic landing, now is the time to seize the opportunity to bring added excitement to this developing area.

Diamond Knot would like to have a voice in the process as current business owners and potential stewards of the proposed outdoor café.

Although the discussions about outdoor café seating were a little ahead of their time last year, we are glad the discussion has continued. Part of Diamond Knot’s value statement is to “Always do the right thing.”

In this case, we want to do the right thing by being a good neighbor, working with the city to create the best possible experience at the park.

Historically, outdoor café seating has been a win-win for communities and associated businesses. To be honest, we have no idea how this will affect Diamond Knot financially. We are willing to take a risk if the costs seem to be in line with the company’s plans.

From Seattle to Langley on Whidbey Island, many communities have taken the leap to use public land for private use.

Looking at Diamond Knot’s history, we, too, have taken many leaps to create an economically viable approach to what was once a hobby.

From two Boeing employees to a company that now employs more than 130 people, almost 80 of which work within Mukilteo’s city limits, we have proven to be a solid partner in Mukilteo’s economic success story.

A decision to approve such a use could be just another chapter in this history.

We welcome a thoughtful approach to this process and are willing to work with the city as needed to bring this conversion to fruition.

With respect,

Sherry Jennings,

Director of Communications and Public Advocacy,

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing

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