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.
Challengers licking lips for taco-eating contest
We’re headed down the backstretch this week in the taco eating chompionship— and we do mean chomp — that will result in some lucky gorger waddling away with a top prize of a 37-inch flat-screen TV.
Tacos Chava, the popular Mexican restaurant in Wenatchee Valley Mall, hosts the final heat of its month-long eating competition — Tacos Chava’s 3rd Annual Taco Eating Contest (a mouthful in itself) — this coming Friday. The event has been held on Fridays in July with each week’s winner headed for the final round set for Saturday.
Both Friday and Saturday’s competitions will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Taco Arena, actually a spread of dining tables set in the mall entryway right outside the restaurant.
So far, the top taco nosher has downed eight regular tacos in 87 seconds, about one every 11 seconds. Salvador Tobar, who owns the restaurant with wife Oralia, said last year’s winner — “not a big guy, kind of skinny” — gulped down 31 tacos. The exact time has been lost to history, however.
“It was more than a few minutes,” said Tobar. “But he ate very fast. I don’t see how he could do it.”
Details: Tacos Chava, Wenatchee Valley Mall, East Wenatchee. 886-5838.
Cops to chat about shoplifting prevention
Shoplifters? Don’t you immediately put them in a stepover armlock camel clutch (that’s a wrestling hold) and then toss them through a giant plate glass window — just like in the movies?
As it turns out, no. There are guidelines that business owners and managers should follow to reduce shoplifting and thwart sneaky thieves, and a couple of Wenatchee cops are eager to tell you about ’em.
Chief Tom Robbins and Cpl. Guy Miner will offer a one-hour Business Cop Talk workshop at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Wenatchee Convention Center, 121 N. Wenatchee Ave. Topics will include shoplifting awareness, when it’s OK to ask someone to leave your store, who to call in a shoplifting situation, how to participate in a Business Buddy System and a few pointers on burglaries — that’s how to prevent them, not do them.
And if none of this appeals to you, there’ll also be free coffee and pastries.
RSVP for the workshop by calling one of the workshop’s sponsors — the Wenatchee Downtown Association, 662-0059, or the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, 662-2116.
This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or email@example.com.