Encore for Current

Brett Lamb, co-owner of Encore Books, helps a customer in April 2018. The Gathering eatery recently opened inside the bookstore. (Amanda Ray, Yakima Herald-Republic file)

If you’ve been eager for new restaurants, your wish has been granted: A handful of new eateries have opened for business in the last week.

THE GATHERING: The Gathering, a café inside the Encore Books space at 111 S. Fifth Ave., had its official opening Monday after a limited opening the previous week.

The restaurant, which is owned and operated by Tami Heide, offers a variety of soups, sandwiches and desserts. The space is also available for events such as game nights.

The restaurant’s hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

THE HUMAN BEAN: The Human Bean, a drive-thru coffee stand on the southeast corner of 56th and Summitview avenues, opened Tuesday.

The Human Bean is a Medford, Ore.-based company with 94 locations nationwide. The Yakima location is owned and operated by Steve Balodis.

It’s open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

MINADO BUFFET: Minado Buffet opened its doors Wednesday after an extensive remodel.

The buffet, in the former Black Angus restaurant at 501 N. Front St., has been in the works for more than a year. It features more than 130 food items, including a sushi bar.

Owners Tony Yan and Lisa Li purchased the building in 2017 and have been remodeling it since.

The restaurant’s hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

NINO’S MEXICAN GRILL: Rounding out the openings is Nino’s Mexican Grill, which opened its second location at the Westpark Shopping Center on 40th and Summitview avenues on Friday.

The new location has been in the works since January. Claudio Navarro opened the first location of Nino’s Mexican Grill, which offers a variety of freshly made Mexican dishes, in Union Gap in 2013. Family members, including husband Joel Navarro and daughter Norma Barrera, have been involved with the remodeling and development of the second location.

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