YAKIMA, Wash. —Well, Shop Talk readers, all I can say about this is blog is that it’s better late than never.
I had promised in my column earlier this week that I would blog more about Jim Rowe’s plans for Creekside West, the Yakima restaurant he took over last month.
Turns out, not surprisingly, it is kind of difficult to catch someone who recently took over a new restaurant.
And as mentioned in my column, Creekside West isn’t his only restaurant — he is also owner of Roadhouse Grill, Brooklyn’s Pizzera and Wing Central in Ellensburg and of Wing Central on the Ave in Seattle.
It took a couple of tries, but I finally got some time to chat with Rowe.
Taking over Creekside West, Rowe told me in a phone interview, “gives us the opportunity to showcase a higher level of culinary expertise.”
The chef of his restaurant company has been working with the culinary team at Creekside West on possible changes to the menu.
One focus will be increasing the amount of locally grown food the restaurant uses.
“I think we’re going to be a more seasonal restaurant,” he said. “We want to work with as many local producers as possible.”
He’s been chatting with different producers to make this idea a reality, but it may take a few months to implement changes.
“We have to source the product and make sure we can get it on a consistent basis,” he said.
Meanwhile, the restaurant will make more immediate changes. Later this month, the restaurant will start opening on Sundays. There are also plans to offer catering services and an extended happy hour.
But he’s also focused on getting guest feedback.
“A lot of what is going on is talking to guests and seeing what they want,” he said.