Harry’s on Tye focuses on pub grub with an excellent beer selection. They are also opening a wine room. (Aaron Swaney / For The Herald)

Harry’s on Tye focuses on pub grub with an excellent beer selection. They are also opening a wine room. (Aaron Swaney / For The Herald)

Harry’s on Tye near Monroe transforms into quality gastropub

The only giveaway that something fun might be happening inside the non-descript building in an industrial park just west of Monroe is the three picnic tables out front.

In fact, what was once Clearview Spirits &Wine still bears that name prominently over one of its doors. But I didn’t gather a few friends together recently to pick up a fifth of whiskey. No, Clearview Spirits is now Harry’s on Tye, and we came together to try some beer and eat pub grub.

First, let’s rewind: Soon after the state privatized liquor sales, Clearview Spirits &Wine owners Doug and Bonnie Roulstone decided to sell off their spirits and morph their business into one that focused on craft beer, wine and food.

“We felt like tax collectors for the state,” said Doug and Bonnie’s son, Harrison Roulstone, who was a large part of the transition and is now head chef for Harry’s on Tye.

In early 2014, they opened as a stripped-down taproom, pouring 32 beers but serving up nothing hotter than a hard pretzel. Earlier this summer they opened a kitchen that serves a large selection of pub grub, from pizzas to paninis, and this weekend they’re holding the grand opening for a large wine bar attached to the taproom.

I met two friends on an early Friday afternoon and walked into a near-empty taproom. Our waiter acknowledged us immediately and told us to take a seat wherever we wanted. Besides the six stools at the smallish bar, there are a mix of eight four-top tables and pub tables dotting the taproom floor.

We took a seat at a pub table and were quickly asked what we’d like to drink. The beer selection was great and we had trouble choosing. Our server was happy to allow us each a couple of small samples to make sure we got what we wanted. (I chose the Crux Fermentation Cast Out IPA; Harry’s recently hosted a Crux brewers night.)

The bartender/server on duty was excellent. Attentive and friendly, she bantered with us about beer, sports and whatever else we were going on about. She took our order and offered to show us around, guiding us back to the new wine bar and over to the additional space adjoining the taproom that was once the main retail space when it was a liquor store.

The large wine bar toward the rear of the restaurant is a beautiful, open space with a large, C-shaped wooden bar and hundreds of bottles of wine encircling it.

After the tour, we settled down to our meal. We tried to get at least something from all the sections of the menu, which is sorted in four quadrants: appetizers, paninis, pizzas and sandwiches.

Quick note: Harrison told me that the goal is to make Harry’s on Tye a full-scale, higher-end dining experience. Having attended culinary school at the Seattle Art Institute, Harrison would seem to have the chops to do it.

For now though, Harry’s on Tye focuses on quality pub grub. They get it right too. Our pizza — we picked the Meat Lovers over the Four Cheese and BBQ — had the perfect mix of thin, crispy crust and gooey cheese. The Italian panini, stuffed with salami and provolone, was grilled to perfection and wasn’t overstuffed with ingredients.

As for smaller bites, the tomato basil soup was full of flavor and lived up to the expectations of my friend Steve, a self-professed soup expert. We also tried the Maple and Chorizo Brats appetizer. They’re served with mustard and a red pepper garlic aioli sauces and were both excellent.

The only disappointment was the Roast Turkey Stack deli sandwich. Served with cranberry aioli on plain white bread, the sandwich was as bland as bottom-shelf vodka. If I had to do it over again, I think I’d order the Sweet Li’l Chicken with Brie on a toasted baguette.

We settled up and headed over to Dreadnought Brewing just down the road for another pint and some more sports banter. Driving past Harry’s on Tye a few hours later the parking lot was starting to fill up with craft beer fans.

Passersby no longer needed to see picnic tables to know something was happening inside.

Harry’s on Tye

14286 169th Drive Southeast, Suite No. 3, Monroe, 425-344-4825

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Alcohol: 32 beers on tap and 350 in bottles; full wine bar with 400 bottles

Talk to us

More in Life

Preston Brust, left, and Chris Lucas of LOCASH perform during CMA Fest 2022 on Thursday, June 8, 2022, at the Chevy Riverfront Stage in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

The country music duo Locash drops by the Angel of the Winds Casino on Saturday. And there’s the Summer Meltdown festival at its new home near Snohomish all weekend.

‘Poco Orange’ Red Hot Poker. (Terra Nova Nurseries)
Warmer weather means brighter, hotter colors in the garden

Here are seven plants that will bring a blazing pop of color to your outdoor spaces.

An easy one-mile loop near the visitor center at Seaquest State Park explores the edge of Silver Lake.
(Scott Hewitt/The Columbian)
Discover seven hidden gems not far from the super slab

Weekend trips: Next time you’re making the I-5 slog toward Oregon, check out some of these parks and preserves just off the freeway corridor.

Caption: Now’s a great time to stock up on free Covid tests available to Washington State residents at: https://sayyescovidhometest.org.
COVID-19’s behind her except for a nagging cough

But things might have been much different — in a bad way — without testing and vaccines.

The blended-families challenge requires patience, maturity

Don’t expect miracles — it can be rough going for some time. Get professional help if you need it.

Her Turo rental was repossessed with valuable items inside

When Michelle Marshall’s Turo rental gets repossessed, the car-sharing company offers her a partial refund. But what about her son’s expensive epilepsy medication? Is Turo responsible for that?

Lee Oskar and his dog Tex inside his art studio in his home on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Harmonica whiz Lee Oskar is also a pro with a paintbrush

Oskar’s music and art studios are in his Everett home. The former member of the 1970s band War is now 74, and still rocks “Low Rider.”

The 2022 WM Recycle Corps interns are part of WM’s recycling education and outreach team.
WM Recycle Corps interns return after two-year COVID slowdown

The collegiate interns are back in the community to help improve recycling habits and reduce waste.

Caption: At Flight Room in Lynnwood, aerial fitness poses like “vampire” use every muscle in your body.
Fitness takes flight at new aerial studio in Lynnwood

Jennifer Bardsley finds benefits and “silk kisses” from doing aerial yoga at Lynnwood studio.

Most Read