Eat All About It: Mexican restaurant, wine bar taking over long-empty spots in Kennewick, Richland

Javier Valdez Jr. and his family will open Cozumel Mexican Cuisine in the former Holy Mac & Deli spot in Kennewick in early May.
Javier Valdez Jr. and his family will open Cozumel Mexican Cuisine in the former Holy Mac & Deli spot in Kennewick in early May. Tri-City Herald

Kennewick is getting a new Mexican restaurant and Richland is getting a new wine-and-tapas bar as new operators take over long-vacant restaurant spots.

Cozumel Mexican Cuisine, led by restaurant veteran Javier Valdez, opens in early June in the 2,200-square-foot spot that once held Holy Mac & Deli at 3801 S. Zintel Way in Kennewick.

Over in Richland, the former Rosy's Ice Cream & Diner — a '50s style restaurant spot near the Columbia River waterfront — is being remodeled into a wine and tapas bar.

Called "The Bradley", it should open by summer near the Richland Hampton Inn, said Joel Kruse of Western Restaurant Supply and Design, which is designing and constructing the new restaurant.

Cozumel is the brainstorm of Valdez, his brother Miguel and his mother Lupe, who previously operated several Mexican restaurants near Charleston, West Virginia.

Valdez moved to the Tri-Cities about three years ago in search of new adventures. His signature dishes include pineapple carnitas, Nachos Javier and Enchiladas Zuisas.

Cozumel's predecessor, Holy Mac & Deli, closed in March 2017 after two years.

It earned solid reviews and a fan base, but owners Carrie and Doug Lundgren opted to close, citing the rising minimum wage and a wish to refocus on their real estate businesses.

The Bradley is taking over the spot that formerly held Rosy's, which closed in August 2016 to reorganize. The space has been empty ever since.

Kruse said Western Restaurant is giving the 2,300-square-foot space a thorough remodel, including new bathrooms, kitchen and an upscale decor catering to a 21-and-over audience.

It is in the Columbia Riverwalk strip mall, 404 Bradley Blvd. Chef Andrew Grassick of Gourmet Grub Bus will lead the kitchen.

Stay tuned for more details as the opening dates get closer.

Mark your calendars:

The second Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. April 28 at the Southridge Sports and Event Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Twenty-eight Washington craft breweries will pour more than 90 craft beers alongside local food trucks and live music. Proceeds will benefit the Washington Beer Commission's marketing and promotion efforts to support the state's 373 breweries. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. and includes a commemorative glass and six samples. The event is 21-and-over. Visit washingtonbeer.com for additional information.

Cinco de Mayo

  • Richland, together with the Latin Business Association and Tri-Cities Latino Coalition celebrates Cinco de Mayo on May 5 and 6 at John Dam Plaza with food, music and other presentations.

  • Pasco celebrates the holiday May 4 to 6 in downtown Pasco with a lighted parade, soccer tournament, music, food and children's activities.

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