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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..

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.

 

400+ Whiskies to Choose From

Whiskey is our bread and butter at Flat Iron Grill.  Our whiskey library speaks for itself with over 400 whiskies to choose from.  Grab a drink with your meal or join us at our hosted whiskey events to try a variety.

Private Dining Available

Book your next party with Flat Iron Grill.  We accommodate parties of all sizes. Celebrate with Us! Let the Flat Iron Grill create a perfect setting to host all of your special events.
Great for hosting:

Holiday Gatherings
Business dinners or lunches
Rehearsal dinner
Holiday events
Bridal or baby showers
Watching sporting events
Birthdays and anniversaries
Meetings

Now Serving Saturday Brunch 10am-2pm

Join us every Saturday AND Sunday for a brunch that you will not forget.

Local Pigs

Berkshire pigs are a rare breed of pig originating from the English county of Berkshire.

Herds of the breed are still maintained in England by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust at Aldenham Country Park, Hertfordshire, and by the South of England Rare Breeds Centre in Kent. The Berkshire is listed as 'vulnerable', as in 2008 fewer than 300 breeding sows were known to exist.  Some pigs of the breed are also kept in New Zealand, but it is estimated that there are now fewer than a hundred purebred sows there.

In the United States, the American Berkshire Association, established in 1875, gives pedigrees only to pigs directly imported from established English herds or to those tracing directly back to such imported animals. The pig is also bred in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, under the trademarked name Kagoshima Kurobuta

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Berkshire pork, prized for juiciness, flavour and tenderness, is pink-hued and heavily marbled. Its high fat content makes it suitable for long cooking and high-temperature cooking

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Host Your Holiday Party at The Flat Iron Grill

There’s no better place to host your special holiday event than at The Flat Iron Grill.

Private Dining Room Details:

Seats up to 26
Custom holiday menu offerings
Sound system and drop down screen available
Available to custom decorate the space to your ideas

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Book Your Holiday Event Now

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Fresh from the Farm

Steel Wheel Farm

Their farm is located 25 minutes east of Seattle in Fall City, Washington. Nestled in the valley along the Snoqualmie River, their farm is surrounded by breathtaking views of Mount Si.

The fertile soil throughout the river valley allows them to grow a wide verity of nutrient-rich crops. They provide local, quality produce to restaurants, their CSA members and farmers markets.

They are a team of two passionate farmers who believe that great food begins with the farmer. Because of that, they are dedicated to growing the highest-quality produce by using natural, organic farming methods. “We strive to be a sustainable farm and take pride in being good stewards of the land. We grow, harvest and deliver everything ourselves.”

Happy Hour Everyday 2-6pm

Our Happy hour features all bar menu food items at $3.00 off from 2pm – 6pm every day. This includes our steak salad, grilled artichoke, Kobe Rib burger and cebeche. Also included are great draught beers from Black Raven Brewery, creative and seasonal specialty cocktails, well drinks, and wines.

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