Purrr had it's grand opening during the first weekend of July, 2019.  The restaurant and lounge is at 308 E. Yakima Ave.

A few weeks ago, I reported that the Newsroom coffee and gelato shop had closed at the Westpark shopping center on 40th and Summitview avenues.

I checked with Chris Sentz, a broker with Almon Commercial Real Estate and listing agent for the shopping center, for an update on the space.

“No comment for now,” Sentz wrote in an email to me. “We do have something on the horizon.”

Sentz also confirmed that Royal Buffet has closed. The building, located on the west side of the shopping center at 4001 Summitview Ave., will be remodeled. There is interest from a potential restaurant, but Sentz said it’s not yet a done deal.

Meanwhile, another restaurant in the shopping area, Nino’s Mexican Grill, is almost ready to open. Sentz said a permanent LED sign would be up soon. The restaurant’s owners took extra time in the construction process to add a full kitchen to the space, which previously housed a frozen yogurt shop.

The shopping center has a new lease with Finance of America Mortgage, which will occupy the former Ameriprise Financial office, Sentz said.

Purrr opens

Speaking of restaurants, Purrr quietly opened in downtown Yakima late last month.

The 21-and-older full-service restaurant and lounge has been in the works for more than a year — you might have noticed robust construction activity in the space at 308 E. Yakima Ave. last summer. Construction was delayed when it came time to bring the fire alarm system to code, said co-owner Gaby Aguilar. Aguilar said it took several months to find a company to do the work and several more to get the job done.

Aguilar said she had a soft opening in late June to test out the kitchen and adjust as needed. The restaurant had its grand opening during the first weekend of this month. “It turned out way better than I expected,” she said. “We’ve been doing well.”

The restaurant and lounge offer a variety of freshly made drinks made with fresh fruit and ingredients (Aguilar notes she doesn’t use any mixers for her drinks). The restaurant has a variety of steaks, burgers and sandwiches.

Purrr’s hours, for now, are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

“We’re trying to get a feel how it’s going to be,” Aguilar said. “These hours are not set in stone.”

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