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The Rich History of Gilman Village

For over 40 years Gilman Village has been a shopping destinations for locals and families travelling from all over Washington. Many visitors are attracted by the charming boutique shops, restaurants and coffee house – they drive out to shop, window shop, have lunch and spend a day. While locals frequent the many personal services in the village and even enroll their children in the preschool. Gilman Village epitomizes the charm of small town life, while still being a short distance away from the excitement of the city.

What many visitors and even new residents may not know, is that Gilman Village is much more than a charming shopping center, but a standing monument of the history of the City of Issaquah. In 1972, Marvin and Ruth Mohl started saving unwanted homes and buildings in and around the old farming and Mining town of Issaquah. They wanted to preserve the character and ambiance of the old community. They moved buildings from around the city to their new home on Gilman Village and renovated and reassembled them from scratch. They invited businesses to open shop in the houses, buildings and other structures preserved from Issaquah’s history past. Gustav_Konstantin
Walking through Gilman Village is like travelling back in time to the late 19th and early 20th century. Many of the buildings that stand were built around the 1860s when Issaquah was first being settled. One of the houses, the McQuade house, built in 1871 was built by Irish immigrant John McQuade who was one of the founders of the town and later became its Mayor in 1891. Mr. McQuade also served as the town’s constable and marshal. The Mine Superintendent’s house was built in 1913 for the Count Alvo von Alvensleben, a major stakeholder in the Issaquah & Superior Mining Company. The Count was a descendent of the German noble family von Alvensleben which had close ties to Kaiser Wilhelm II – his father was a close friend of the Kaiser. At the outbreak of World War I, the Count was accused of being a German spy and his assets were confiscated as enemy property. He was held in internment camps in Fort Douglas, Utah. He was finally released 1920 and acquited after the war. He never regained his previous economic successes. In 1939 he was naturalized an American citizen in 1939.

The two-story structure where The Flat Iron Gill calls home, with its traditional frontier false front, was an Issaquah landmark dating from 1910 when it was built by E.J. Anderson. For many years it was the supply house for grain and hay to local farmers and dairymen. The building was moved in 1975 to Gilman Village. As workmen began removing the siding over the false front they discovered the original, and forgotten, Fisher Feed sign, which still remains to this day.

The Gilman Village still has a few long standing tenants. Some of the businesses have been operating there for over 30 years. There are still many startup businesses that open in the Village, which keeps the offerings of the Village fresh and new.

Come out to Gilman Village, enjoy the shops, share a meal with your family and friends, and soak in the history of a neighborhood unlike any other.

Photo credit: “Gustav Konstantin” by Reimar von Alvensleben, Familie von Alvensleben – Familie von Alvensleben e.V..

SVPA 2014 Taste of the Valley Event – Success

Thanks to our generous community for making the 2014 Taste of the Valley fundraising event a rousing success! The dinner was a amazing and the silent auction was able to raise funds to help protect rural character and the viability of farms, residents, and businesses of the beautiful Snoqualmie River Valley.

Photo credit: Mike Nakamura Photography



#GiveBIG a Success!

We had such a great time on May 6th when we participated in The Seattle Foundation’s “GiveBIG” campaign. We’re proud to announce we generated $1573 for the Northwest Children’s Fund which was doubled by The Seattle Foundation!

The Seattle Foundation’s “GiveBIG” campaign generated an incredible $12.8 million in online contributions for nonprofits. During this online event held from midnight to midnight on May 6, people made donations to more than 1,470 nonprofits profiled on The Seattle Foundation “stretched” these gifts further, matching a share of every contribution with funds from a $1 million “stretch” pool provided by corporate sponsors, local philanthropists and The Seattle Foundation.

Thank you everyone for coming out and showing such great generosity!


On May 6th, we’ll be participating in the Seattle Foundation’s GIVEBIG 2014 charity event. A percentage of all proceeds for our restaurant on that day will be donated to the NW Children’s Fund.

NW Children’s Fund raises funds and awareness to support agencies that focus on prevention, early intervention and treatment programs working to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect.  NWCF impacts multiple points in the complex cycle, seeking not only to help where abuse has already occurred, but to keep it from happening at all.

Cocktail How-To | The Classic Manhattan

We’re kicking off a new series of videos sharing how to make our favorite whiskey drinks — right in the comfort of your own home. Watch The Flat Iron Grill’s Bartending Wizard, Kyle, show how to make a classic Manhattan.

Combine 1-3 in ice filled pint glass. Place cherry in bottom of chilled Martini glass
1. Bulleit Rye Whiskey – 2oz
2. Vya Sweet Vermouth – 1oz
3. Orange Bitters & Angostura Bitters – dash
4. Cherry – 1 each drink

Stir, then strain into chilled Martini Glass.


Now Serving Saturday and Sunday Brunch

Who’s in the mood for some French toast and top sirloin steak & eggs with a Bloody Mary? Now at The Flat Iron Grill we will be serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. We will also be serving brunch Superbowl Sunday!

Featured Drinks
Mimosa, Bloody Mary and Kir Royale

Featured Dishes
Crab Cake Benedict, Griddled Chorizo, Pork Hash, French Toast and Top Sirloin Seat & Eggs.


Whiskey Dinner at The Flat Iron Grill

Check out some pictures from our recent Whiskey Dinner. The Flat Iron Grill Whiskey Dinner is a fun and educational night where you can join us at our restaurant with some local whiskey experts to taste and learn about the various intricacies of whiskey. If you would like to join in on our next Whiskey events check our website or give us a call and make reservations!

Private Whiskey 101 Class

Here’s your next team building event! We’ll throw a whiskey 101 class for you and your team. Enjoy yourselves and learn about the different techniques and styles. Sample 6 different whiskeys.

$20 per Person
Groups of 10-20

Call the restaurant at 425-657-0373 to make reservations.

Specialty Cocktail Spotlight: Dark and Stormy

The classic Dark and Stormy is popular worldwide, but became well-known in the US when sailors who visited Bermuda in their travels tried it there and brought it back.  Our version of the drink packs an especially interesting punch by combining two different kinds of rum, along with the essential Ginger beer ingredient.  Are you ready?



1 oz Sailor Jerry Rum
3-4 oz Ginger Beer
.5 oz Kraken Black Spiced Rum
1 Lime Squeeze

Build ingredients  in a large, ice-filled glass.  Drink.  That’s all, folks.

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Specialty Cocktail Spotlight: The Mayberry

The Mayberry is a refreshing beverage to cool down with as the summertime temperatures rise.  Combining the delicious flavors of wild tea vodka, lemon and mint, this is a drink you can sip on all day.


1.5 oz Wild Tea Vodka
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Simply Syrup
3 Torn Mint Leaves
1 oz Prosecco

Combine all ingredients, leaving out the Prosecco, in an ice filled pint glass.  Shake vigorously and top with Prosecco.  Garnish with a lemon slice.


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