Local eatery scene turning a bit more Japanese, Mexican

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All signs point to a couple of new restaurants coming to Walla Walla.

Sushi and Mexican fare are apparently coming to two different neighborhoods in the community, according to signs posted on the buildings.

Downtown Walla Walla’s Main Street will be home to the sushi eatery in what previously served as the tasting room space for Walla Faces, 214 E. Main St.

Operators of Walla Faces made the move from downtown to the Port of Walla Walla’s winery incubator complex on Piper Avenue at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. The move foreshadowed a transition to a restaurant at the time. From a July blog entry on the Walla Faces site: “We see this move as an extension of that sense of community. Although we’re sad to leave the downtown tasting room, we’re excited to announce that its place on Main Street, as well as two other storefronts in the Hungate Building, will soon be filled by a variety of independent restaurants. We love Walla Walla’s rich variety of dining options, and are eager to see how these new businesses add to it!”

Information on the new eatery was scarce this morning. But a sign at the property declares “Hibachi Sushi” is coming soon.

Farther east in the former El Sombrero site on Ash Street, another restaurant is in the works.

A sign at that property says “Las Chiquillas” is coming to 428 Ash St.

The building has been devoid of business activity for a little more than a year, after the April 2013 closure of El Sombrero’s second location. At the time, operators said they couldn’t reach a lease agreement to continue the operation and redirected patrons to El Sombrero’s Second Avenue flagship spot.

Las Chiquillas has apparently been in the works for some time. Operators filed for a liquor license for the operation back in February. Applicants are listed as Castellon Abelardo Arceo, Francisca Garcia Arceo and Norma Arceo.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at 509-526-8321, vickihillhouse@wwub.com or on Twitter.

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