Six Degrees grand opening set today

Kennewick's newest restaurant owners hope their combination of comfort food with a gourmet twist and a rock 'n' roll atmosphere will resonate with customers.

Six Degrees: A Restaurant & Bar is celebrating its grand opening at 4 p.m. today.

The restaurant's classic rock atmosphere should appeal to a wide range of customers, co-owner Travis Walker recently told the Herald. He said he expects the decor and feel will remind a lot of parents of the era they grew up in and that they'll want to share the experience with their kids.

The restaurant seats about 100 customers.

Everything the restaurant offers -- from lunch, dinner and appetizers to cocktails -- will be a twist on the original, said the bar manager, who only goes by the nickname Rock. "We are excited."

"We have been tasting the food. Everything I've had I'll eat again," he said.

The menu has about 60 items, including homemade mac and cheese and fish 'n' chips that'll include different fish and beer batter each week, Rock said.

"You could have a decent meal for $7 to $12," he said. The restaurant is really proud of its homemade sauces, some of which contain pomegranate juice, he said.

"Our onion rings are made of Walla Walla sweet onion dipped in a wheat beer batter. That beer is Hefeweizen," Rock said.

The restaurant's most expensive entree at $15 is unplugged skewers -- grilled pieces of chicken, shrimp and mixed fruit served on a bed of island red rice. A special spice, largely used in Guam, helps turn white rice into red, Rock said.

Rock said he thinks customers also may want to take the rock 'n' roll food challenge to get their pictures on the restaurant's rock 'n' roll Wall of Fame and win a Six Degrees T-shirt.

To participate in the challenge, they pay $20 and have to eat within 30 minutes or less: three half-pound burger patties, 24 pieces of cheese, 12 pieces of applewood smoked bacon, 8 ounces of smoked pulled pork, criss-cut fries stuffed in four sandwiches stacked on top of each other with three onion rings and three pounds of extra fries topped with chili, onions, cheddar cheese and chipotle lime sour cream.

The bar will have a selection of 12 draft beers, a variety of bottled beers, including Tangerine Wheat from the Lost Coast Brewery in California. It'll also serve Washington wines.

The restaurant at 3311 W. Clearwater Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 628-4776.

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