A Richland restaurant will soon be giving customers a better view.
Sterling’s plans to build a new restaurant directly behind its 890 George Washington Way location and tear down the current building.
The new location on the east end of its parking lot will give diners a better view of Howard Amon Park and the Columbia River.
“It’s always been a wonderment to us why they didn’t build it on the other side of the parking lot,” said owner Jim Sterling, who bought the restaurant in 1982. “It only made sense to take advantage of the view.”
“It’s time for a redo,” his daughter, Saber Sterling, said. “The building has been here for a little over 30 years. With all of our other stores being new, we think this will be a better use of the lot.”
Jim has been working with Richland’s parks department, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, since the new building would require altering the Columbia River levee, he said.
He hopes that discussions and the design is done in the next three months so construction can start next spring.
Saber said it took just a few months to build the Queensgate location, which opened in 2012.
The new restaurant will still have Sterling’s popular salad bar, as well as its cocktail menu, she said. But it also will feature an large outdoor patio with seating facing the river.
“It will be very beautiful,” Saber said.
It might also have a gift shop, she said.
Sterling’s is popular for its breakfast menu, including 18 omelets, as well as its steak and lobster combo. It also serves various stuffed potatoes, burgers, sandwiches, ribs, chicken and pasta.
Sterling’s also has a location on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick, which opened in a renovated former Sizzler restaurant in 2008.
Jim grew up in the restaurant business, with his mother owning a restaurant in Montana for 50 years. He has owned and operated many restaurants in his career.