WALLA WALLA -- CrossRoads Steakhouse at Veterans Memorial Golf Course is about to become CrossRoads Steakhouse at the Dacres.
The restaurant that has operated at the municipal golf course since 2006 is relocating to downtown Walla Walla.
Owner Kim Kelly-Frank said this morning she plans to open by late August at the former site of 26 brix, 207 W. Main St., just off Fourth Avenue and Main Street.
Negotiations for the space have been in the works for months, she said. The Dacres Building is owned by Seattle area resident Pete Sikov.
"Where I'm at, we've built a really good reputation over the last (four) years," Kelly-Frank said.
"But nobody walks or drives by unintentionally."
She said the new location will help with foot traffic, including the downtown lunch crowd.
In addition to the already popular stuffed chicken and cowboy Cobb salad, she said the restaurant will likely add a breakfast or brunch offering on the weekends. She also wants to eventually add a deli case with salad and sandwich selections for on-the-go lunches. Liquor services will also continue.
Downtown Walla Walla Foundation Executive Director Elio Agostini said the new tenant is a welcome addition to a downtown that's become an increasingly popular hotspot for evening and weekend dining and entertainment.
"I think the energy downtown has increased and having (CrossRoads) will enhance that," Agostini said this morning.
But the move will also leave a vacancy in food service at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.
Kim-Kelly subleased the restaurant space from golf course operator Nick Manolopoulos. Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Director Jim Dumont said a full-service restaurant is not required as part of Manolopoulos's contract with the city.
However, some type of food and beverage service -- even as simple as hot dogs and pop -- should be offered for the golfers.
CrossRoads will likely close its doors at the golf course Aug. 8 for the move and transition to the new location.
Kelly-Frank said she will also likely have to add a couple more employees to her staff of 14.
The business is expected to have a soft, unannounced opening late next month. "We're going to need some time to just get used to not bumping into each other and going through the right doors," she said.
A grand opening is expected sometime in September.
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