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Local chefs cooking up new eastside eatery

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Richard and Ashley Kitos — he’s got the chef skills, she’s got the biz brains — have pretty much laid low since closing their La Bonne Terre restaurant in early 2010.

Well, all that’s about to change. The cookin’ Kitoses will open Lulu’s Restaurant sometime in mid-August in Eastpoint Plaza a few doors down from Glaze Bakery at the corner of Grant Road and Eastmont Avenue.

Let’s clarify: The Kitoses have not been idle the last three years. They’ve been hopping to meet demands of their executive catering business, their schedule of eclectic cooking classes and the day-to-day duties of running IvyWild, a former bed-and-breakfast in Wenatchee turned events center. So they’ve been busy, just not in the spotlight.

But now Richard’s expertise can shine when Lulu’s (named after the Kitos’ daughter) begins serving up Southern California-style grilled meats and fish paired with local produce and global flavors.

The 2,700-square-foot Lulu’s will feature an exhibition kitchen — that means you can watch all the cooking action — behind concrete-top counters, a snazzy but casual bar and an overall design that blends comfy with chic.

Rory Turner, Lulu’s landlord, was on-site last week to check the restaurant’s build-out. “We’re excited about having a place of this caliber in East Wenatchee,” he said. “Casual food that’s fresh and healthy — plus, it’s going to taste fantastic. It’s the kind of restaurant we’ve needed here for a long time.”

Stay tuned for a longer article on Lulu’s as the restaurant’s opening day approaches.