Remember that restaurant-naming contest we told you about last spring?
Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum-Roslyn, Wash. – about 80 miles east of Seattle – has announced the winner.
Tom Crume of Kent, Wash., submitted “The Hoist House,” which was selected from a pool of more than 150 entries because it well reflects the property’s mining history. Swiftwater Cellars is the former home of Coal Mine No. 9, which operated there from 1930 to 1963.
For his winning submission, Crume will be awarded a $500 Swiftwater credit and a $500 donation to The Boy Scouts of America, an organization with which he has been involved for many years.
Swiftwater General Manager Donnie Watts said, “We were thrilled by the enthusiastic response and impressed by the creativity of the names submitted. Mr. Crume’s submission particularly resonated because it reflects our community’s rich mining history. The hoist house was home to the electric motor used to pull the men and coal carts in and out of the mine.”
As a resident of the Black Diamond, Wash., area for more than 30 years, Crume is well aware of the region’s mining and winemaking history.
“I learned how to make wine from the former coal miners, many of whom were European immigrants,” he said. “I wanted to submit a memorable name, so I spent time researching historical documents.”
Crume is a senior manager with The Boeing Company, an Eagle Scout, former Scoutmaster and founder of a troop in Covinginton, Wash. His two adult sons also are Eagle Scouts.
The Hoist House will open Sept. 10 during the winery’s grand opening celebration. On weekdays, the restaurant will feature casual fare such as flat bread from its wood-burning oven, panini and salads. On weekends, fine dining will be emphasized. Chef Matt Bates will source fresh local ingredients when possible, and grow herbs in the winery’s garden.
The bar, designed by Specialty Wood of Tacoma, will serve cocktails, beer and Swiftwater Cellars’ wines, including two Bordeaux-style blends, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Semillon.
The Hoist House overlooks Suncadia resort’s Rope Rider golf course and includes a patio and several private dining areas that may be booked for special events.