The Tacoma News Tribune has been tracking the two proposals to build a resort-style hotel and clubhouse at Chambers Bay, the windswept public golf course on the shores of Puget Sound that began as an old rock quarry and eventually became unlikely host to the US Open in 2015. This week, the Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced the final selection: A proposal that happens to include a bar and grill by Seattle's uber-restaurateur, Tom Douglas.
The 200-seat restaurant would be Douglas's first outside Seattle city limits (and hell, his first outside a 1.5-mile radius). It's part of a large package that includes a hotel, spa, and some public amenities.
McCarthy said at the meeting that T-Doug's plans were "a big draw" to select this proposal over the other finalist. While it's way too early to talk specifics, the development will be built into the hillside overlooking the course, and pack some impressive panoramic water and mountain views.
Did I say it's way too early to talk specifics? I bugged Douglas regardless and he says the restaurant will be "very local and approachable," and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner: "As a golfer and a restaurateur, I'm super excited about it."
The group who put this forward goes by the name Chambers Bay LLC, lead by Puyallup's Absher Construction Co. and retired engineer/pro golf paterfamilias Dan Putnam, with commitments from Columbia Hospitality, Kemper Sports, GGLO Architects and, of course, Tom Douglas Restaurants.
Here's the original proposal that includes the description of the Tom Douglas component, and why the man who takes pride turning down proposals from Bellevue developers decided to be a part of a golf resort project in. Obviously a lot can change between plan and reality. But it looks like Seattle's most esteemed restaurateur is exploring a new direction, or at least a new area code.