The first Green Dot Sub Shop outside the shores of Lake Chelan will open in Richland at 9 a.m. on July 25.
David and Kristin Scheelar are opening the sub shop’s first franchise at 612 Gage Blvd. near the intersection with Leslie Road.
Jeff and Debbie Conwell, owners of the original Green Dot Sub in Manson, didn’t plan on branching into franchising after opening in 2012 but are excited for the opportunity it provides, they said.
Along with the restaurant’s signature “Freakin’ Stehekin” sub, there also will be the “Bomber BLT” and “Badger Mountain BBQ Chicken” and 30 flavors of soft-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt.
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Green Dot also integrates a lot of technology into the business, such as using ordering kiosks and providing a smartphone app to order ahead for picking up.
Papa John’s Pizza Tri-Cities is opening a new location and offering free pizza for a year to the first 100 people in the door at 11 a.m. on July 24.
The new location is in Suite B at 6303 Burden Blvd. in Pasco. Full details about the giveaway can be found at www.yourpapajohns.com/pasco.
Barbecue franchise Dickey’s is opening a second Tri-City restaurant in Richland’s Queensgate shopping district.
A sign is up for the new location next to the Fujiyama restaurant on the east side of Queensgate Drive. An opening date has not yet been announced.
There’s already a Dickey’s at 122 S. Highway 395 in the Kennewick Plaza shopping center.
Mexican-inspired grilling chain Baja Fresh is coming to the Tri-Cities.
Workers are prepping the restaurant’s space next to the new Hop Jack’s in Kennewick’s Southridge area. A firm opening date hasn’t been announced.
Founded in 1990, Baja Fresh was conceived as a fresh alternative to fast food. The chain offers burritos, tacos, taquitos, salads and more.
Baan Khun Ya
Diners in central Richland still hankering for Thai food after the departure of Mezzo Thai now have a new option in a second location of Pasco-based Baan Khun Ya.
The Thai restaurant, which has its original outlet on Road 68, recently took over the 94 Lee Blvd. spot near Howard Amon Park.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. They will deliver up to three miles from the Richland location for orders of at least $30.
Mezzo Thai is still operating at its 110 Gage Blvd. location in south Richland.
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