Today plans were released for a World of Beer location in Renton, Washington. My sources tell me that the World of Beer Renton will be at The Landing – a large retail center north of downtown.
The Coming Soon section of the company’s website does not mention the Renton location, but today I learned that the architectural drawings, engineering specifications, and so on, have been released for bid. Although this is not an ironclad guarantee that it will come to fruition, it seems quite likely that Renton is going to get the first World of Beer franchise on the west coast. Someone has already invested a significant amount of money and effort in the project.
There are more than 30 World of Beer franchises across America, with plans for more. Most of the existing locations are in Florida and the South East. The closest World of Beer franchise to Seattle is in Tempe, Arizona.
It seems that each World of Beer location is a bottle shop as well as a bar. Music and sports also seem to be part of the recipe. According to the World of Beer website, “The World of Beer Guest Experience is the cornerstone of what we call WOB Culture. WOB Culture is about being a part of the neighborhood. It’s about being surrounded by good people who enjoy awesome beer, great music, and sports. When you walk into World of Beer, we want you to feel like you’re hosting a party in your own living room.”
Visit the website to learn more about World of Beer. Rest assured that the Washington Beer Blog will keep you posted as the story develops.