McMenamins takes flight
Hundreds of patrons got a sneak-peek at the new McMenamins in Cedar Hills on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
McMenamins Beaverton pub was recently rebuilt across the street from its last location and upgraded with more square footage as part of the Cedar Hills Crossing redevelopment.
The updated location features 40 handcrafted ales and ciders on tap and as a nod to the property's history as an airstrip — once known as Bernard Airport in the late 1920s — McMenamins installed a large propeller that once belonged to pioneering Portland pilot Tex Rankin above a newly designed round-shaped bar.
The entire dining area also has been expanded, including an indoor/outdoor fireplace to cozy up to in the winter, meeting and event spaces and an extended patio with fire pits.
Among the attendees at the event were members of the construction team, developers, McMenamins artists, McMenamins "Passport Cosmic Tripsters" and representatives from local businesses. All proceeds from the sales were donated to long-time neighbor — the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation.
Serena Cruz, executive director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, said, "I think this is such an exciting soft-opening. I'm thrilled that McMenamins supports our efforts. We've been neighbors for years and being here to celebrate also means our opening isn't far away."
Virginia Garcia provides high-quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill counties. The new center is under construction next to McMenamins and will be able to serve 18,000 patients every year with medical, dental, mental health, pharmacy and wellness programs all under one roof.
According to McMenamins public relations contact, Rachel Gehr, the old Cedar Hills pub had about 40 employees and the new one has approximately 65.
"We have two bars and a lot more space than the previous building, so many new employees were needed," Gehr said.
The new location will keep the same hours as the previous pub according to its assistant manager Robert Majewicz. "The menu has changed some," Majewicz said. "We've expanded it and there are new entrees and other additional items."
McMenamins Marketing Director Renee Rank Ignacio describes the new space as a family-friendly atmosphere that honors the history of the area and focuses on community.
The lofty windows and garage-style doors create the sensation of standing underneath an open sky.
The new pub officially opened to the public on Thursday, Nov. 30.
By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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