Woodinville's Big Daddy's is Closed

The bar and restaurant was known for it’s live music nights, drawing bands from across the Puget Sound.


, Woodinville’s only restaurant or club with daily live music is closed. Owner Mike Summerfield told Patch Monday that he closed over the weekend.

“This is not a great time to talk, we’re packing up now,” Summerfield said. “I don’t know what’s next but we are closed.”

Summerfield would not say why he closed the Woodinville business that has been in town for about 10 years. He not only ran the venue, but could often be

What you like to see go into the now vacant space? Tell us in comments.


--Brian Soergel contributed to this story.

Ron Olson July 31, 2012 at 02:54 AM
What would we like to see in his spot? Compassion. Time to reflect. Send him a thank you card for his many years of tax revenue collected for the city. This is sad. Should city council be doing more for city businesses, or should we be spending tax money assisting non-residents with UGB adjustment efforts that are doomed to fail?
Lisa Larson July 31, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Sad, we drove 30 minutes to listen to our great local bands in a great place. The employees were cool and friendly. Just moved closer and thought how cool to not have to drive so far to hand with fun people our age and hear great music. Hope the city steps up - gives someone a break to take a chance on opening it back up.... Theres no place else like it. What are all the baby boomers going to do??
Carolyn Hart Gutierrez July 31, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Guess it will be turned into another wine bar.
Cyrina Thurman Keller July 31, 2012 at 11:17 PM
We have enjoyed Big Daddy's for many years with our friends. I am very sad to see this establishment leaving Woodinville. It was a great place for gatherings of friends and a fun night out... I surely hope that this is not a result of some pressure by the council or county of some newly enacted regressive law or ordinance... It is nice to have something other than wine bars to go to with live music. Thanks Mike for a fun place to go.
Kat Stremlau July 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I don't believe there was any pressure from any gov't entity Cyrina - though Mike did have to battle the City when he opened with the huge TIF fee they assessed (I'm his business neighbor in the back). Big Daddy's was a great place for music - and I (and my 6 year old) loved the nights when the young bands were playing there and getting to experience a real performance space.
Cyrina Thurman Keller July 31, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Thanks Kat - as a small business owner, I always wonder what has happened and remember the city assessing the TIF...my teenagers enjoyed going with us and we would run across neighbors there all the time. This business will be missed.
Lisa Huisingh August 02, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I agree with Cyrina and the rest of you!! BD's has been our hang out for years now. Whenever my frinds, from all over Seattle, Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Kirkland, Bothell and Bellevue wanted to get together we collect at BD's or did at least. Why? Because the food was good, the music was always entertaining and the staff was amazing! Not sure what happened here but would like it very much if the City Councel could help bring it back. What a huge loss for Woodinville!
Kirkland Tony August 07, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Any new updates from Mike? I was a regular at Big Daddys for a long time. The prime rib hash weekend breakfast was incredible!
Annie Archer (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Kirkland Tony, there will be no updates the business is closed for good.
Kirkland Tony August 08, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Serious bummer. I will remember so many of the staff... Tracy (who left a while ago), Shawn with shorts even in show, Sable (who's name always brought fake wrestling to mind, but she's real and really cool)... I will remember the great bands, the good food - seriously, in Woodinville, only outclassed by Barking Frog, Redhook, Purple and Herb Farm, and that's serious competition there - the bizarre LED lights, the cool marble tables. Lunches with a beer with business partners. Fries to die for. Once every three months or so being pleasantly surprised that they had Jalapeno Poppers. Years and years ago Bothell lost B.C. McDonalds. Great place, mediocre food, but at the time Bothell had few choices. More recently we lost Waldos in Kirkland. Big Daddy's was both the best and the last such culture on the Eastside. (Please note that culture cannot survive in a wine bar, or near Volvos or Birkies. ;) )
Denise Tieskie August 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
It need's to be a night club again. It was the only place open to listen to music and have a drink after 8:00 in Woodinville. Woodinville shuts down very early. Karaoke would be a great idea too!
AaronBlues August 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM
My wife and I stopped here frequently after work to play a few games of pool. The other two establishments were depressing/annoying (depending on which one you go to) to visit, so this was always the stop. Great staff, nice tables . . . . shame.
Annie Archer (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I've never been Denise, but I know the Horseshoe Saloon has Karaoke.
Donna Routt September 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I just learned over the last summer of this great place!! I loved it, so much good music and biggest dance floor. It makes me sick that Big Daddy's will no longer be there. I drive over an hour one way just to go there and felt it was the best place ever for good music and dancing. And everyone was so freindly the best in the Northwest as far as I am concerned when it came to customer service. Really so sad and it is a shame that we can't have more places like this!! Regards, Donna Routt


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