After more than a year of vacancy, the former City Buffet on Richland’s main drag will open with a new restaurant.
The building’s windows facing out to George Washington Way announce that Luke’s Bar & Grill is coming and the restaurant is currently hiring. Owner Kayla Ashley told the Herald she’s tentatively plan to open in October.
Details about Luke’s menu and other offerings haven’t been finalized but Ashley is aiming to provide a sports bar environment with a country western theme.
The building at 924 George Washington Way, between Wendy’s and a Sterling’s Restaurant, was home to the Tri-Cities’ first Red Robin before its last stint of Asian cuisine.
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The new owners are documenting the major renovation on their Facebook page: http://bit.ly/lukesgrill.
Ashley said the building is taking a lot of work but that it’s the perfect location near city hall, John Dam Plaza and Howard Amon Park.
Watch here for its opening dates.
A popular sandwich shop with a location in Kennewick is expanding to a new outlet in Richland and shuttering its catering business based in Walla Walla.
John Lastoskie said he and his wife are looking to open the new Graze at 735 The Parkway in early September.
The shop will be in a storefront built more than a year ago that had yet to have a tenant. The couple have filed for a liquor permit for the shop.
The Lastoskies started in catering nine years ago and John Lastoskie said, “It’s an amazing business when you don’t have the resources to open a restaurant and you want to build it organically.”
But it’s become more difficult to maintain the catering side because it requires more volume to support the staff brought on to serve it. They plan to keep their Graze restaurant in Walla Walla.
Graze offers gourmet salads, soups, desserts and drinks along with a variety of hot and cold sandwiches and paninis ranging in price from $7 to $11.
John Lastoskie said beyond being closer to Richland residents who enjoy Graze, the Parkway location also will help with the shop’s growing sandwich deliveries to offices in the Tri-Cities.