Some of Washington's highest-profile wineries will be getting a gourmet-food neighbor next year. The Herbfarm Restaurant, burned out of its Fall City, Wash., home in 1997, expects to open by March 2001 in its new location in Woodinville, home to Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia, Matthews and DeLille.
Since May 1999, the dining spot has been operating temporarily in the barrel room of Hedges Cellars, about 15 miles south of Woodinville, in Issaquah.
The Herbfarm, owned by Ron Zimmerman and his wife, Carrie Van Dyck, serves extensive dinners based on locally grown products, including their own herbs. Zimmerman chooses a different wine from the restaurant's cellar to serve with each dish. The wines are included in the prices of dinner, which start at $139.
Unable to upgrade its facility in its original location because of zoning difficulties, the Zimmermans decided last year to move the restaurant to a 5-acre property in Woodinville, along the Sammamish River. Zimmerman said two bed-and-breakfast rooms in the new building should be ready for overnight guests in November, and the restaurant could move in as early as January.
"Of course, we will also have herb beds and production gardens at the new site, as well as a couple of acres under cultivation not far away in the valley," Zimmerman said. "Rudy, our potbellied pig, will also be moving to the gardens. He will assist in our leftover bread and vegetable scrap recycling project."
The new restaurant shares the property with the 88-room Willows Lodge, which opened last week. The lodge -- part of the same group that includes the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle -- has its own restaurant, the Barking Frog, a casual bistro serving regional food and wines.
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