We initially opened our restaurant in October 1994, in a new building we had constructed on the shore of Silver Lake. The property was formerly known as the “Silver Beach Resort”, a private park dating back to the early 1930′s. Prior to this restaurant, we had The Seahorse, a full service restaurant in Mukilteo, from 1978 until 1994. We have over 30 years in the hospitality business in Snohomish County.
In early November 2009 Emory & Molly had just returned from a trip to Europe with friends and fellow restaurateurs Claude & Janet Faure (Charles At Smuggler’s Cove French Restaurant in Mukilteo). Two days after their return, and what was to be the first day back to the restaurant, they were awakened by a phone call from the alarm monitoring service at 4AM alerting of a fire alarm activated at the restaurant. Upon arriving at the property just after 4:30am, they found the restaurant fully engulfed in flames and being fought by several battalions from the Everett Fire Department. The building and twenty years of effort became a total loss in front of their eyes. After a substantial Everett Police investigation, it was determined that arson was the cause of the fire and a local 16 year old boy, who had no affiliation with Emory’s, was found guilty of the crime.
There was a tremendous response in community support. With two benevolent accounts that were established at two local banks with significant contributions, we were able to assist our 45 staff members who were suddenly out of work just before the holiday season. After several weeks of deliberation, we decided to rebuild Emory’s. We contracted with Mukilteo architect Fred Baxter to design the new building, and we selected Corstone General Contractors from Snohomish County to construct. Spotlight Design and Bargreen-Ellingson Restaurant Supply finished the interiors and made us functional and beautiful again. With funding from Cascade Bank and assistance from the City of Everett, the process was smoother than expected.
We tried to keep all the reconstruction business local to support the local economy.
The new restaurant opened on Thanksgiving Day, 2010. The community response throughout the ensuing holiday season was more than we ever dreamed. We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience and support.
Decisions were made to change a number of things in the new restaurant beginning with the style of service and offerings, largely based on customer input and changes in the economy. We wanted to create a comfortable Northwest lodge-feeling restaurant with high open beam ceilings and stone fireplaces. We also wanted to change our food offerings to become a more relaxed neighborhood establishment for more frequent visits instead of just special occasions. This is expressed in our new name “Lakeside Bistro and Bar”.
A unique WoodStone pizza oven was added to offer artisan pizzas and other fare. We relocated our bar and reinvented our cocktail lounge into a place to be and be seen, completely flexible when volumes demand more space either for entertainment or dining. We feature Late Night Happy Hour Sunday-Thursday, and Live Music on Friday and Saturday nights. At the north end of the building, we have the ability to host private banquet parties for up to 50 guests for dinner, or can convert the entire restaurant for private breakfast meetings for up to 150 guests.
We want your experience at Emory’s Lakeside Bistro and Bar to be positive. Our goal is that in every interaction, every order we serve, and every experience you have with us that we meet or exceed your expectations. When we miss that mark, we hope that you give us an opportunity to make it right. Please do not ever hesitate to ask to speak with a manager. We want to be your choice in neighborhood dining and your place away from home. Pleasant dining!
Sincerely, Your Hosts,
Emory & Molly Cole, Proprietors
Robert Frost, Director of Operations
Peter Ryan, Chef