Flatstick Pub is expanding to California through a licensing deal


When Flatstick Pub opened its first location back in 2014, a lot people didn’t know what to think. Mini golf and beer? What does that look like? Well, it didn’t take long for skeptics to bite their tongues because the idea and the execution were both genius. Adding to the brilliance of it all, a fierce dedication to serving only Washington-brewed beers.

It seems that I am not the only one to notice the virtues of Flatstick Pub’s approach to gaming and drinking; the company has earned the attention of business folks across the country. This coming spring, because of a recently inked licensing agreement, a Flatstick Pub will open in Sacramento, California.

Since opening the first location in Kirkland, Flatstick Pub has introduced two other locations, one in Pioneer Square and the newest addition in South Lake Union (see my story about that). Now we share news that the company is expanding to California.

According to a report in the Puget Sound Business Journal, Sam and Andy Largent (founders) are licensing their brand to a California company named Tipsy Putt, which will independently own and operate the Flatstick Pub in downtown Sacramento.

In an email, Sam Largent told the Puget Sound Business Journal, “Important to note that this is not a franchise agreement. It is strictly a licensing deal for our name, logos and games.”

The California company has secured a 15,000 square foot location at 630 K Street in downtown Sacramento (map) and plans to open in the spring of next year.

Sam Largent told the PSBJ that he and his brother are still evaluating whether they want to do any more licensing deals. “I’d like to see how this one goes and then we will decide,” he said. “There has been interest from people around the country, but we’re going to be cautious.”

The brothers plan to open another location or two somewhere in Washington over the course of the next year. The Washington Beer Blog will certainly keep an eye on things.