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Tacoma moves to top of McMenamins to-do list after Bothell property opens next month

The old Elks Temple was bought by Portland-based McMenamins in 2009.
The old Elks Temple was bought by Portland-based McMenamins in 2009. The News Tribune

Brewpub operator McMenamins announced Wednesday that its newest renovated historic property will open Oct. 15, putting the Tacoma Elks Temple at the top of the company’s to-do list.

The Anderson School in Bothell has been under construction for a year, and the Portland-based company has said it planned to begin work on the Tacoma Elks Temple after the Bothell property opens.

McMenamins spokespeople said Wednesday that they had no new information on the timeline for Tacoma. In April, McMenamins co-founder Brian McMenamin said the company plans to use the Bothell property as a springboard for lining up investors for the Tacoma project, with the goal of starting construction as early as March 2016.

McMenamin and his brother Mike McMenamin have been in business for three decades, building an entertainment empire of more than 50 properties across Washington and Oregon. The private company employs about 2,000 people and has annual revenues of more than $100 million.

In 2009, they brought the former Elks Temple, 565 Broadway, with plans to turn it into one of the company’s signature entertainment properties, with concert venues, game rooms and a hotel. Since then, a combination of factors including a historic recession has delayed work on the Elks Temple.

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