New Columbia Point restaurant to open in a few weeks

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Restaurateur Cindy Goulet’s latest project, Lu Lu Craft Bar & Kitchen, is just weeks away from opening.

Construction is going very well. We’re down to the nitty gritty now, the interior, the appliances, tables and chairs.

Cindy Goulet, owner of Lu Lu Craft Bar & Kitchen

“Construction is going very well. We’re down to the nitty gritty now, the interior, the appliances, tables and chairs,” Goulet said. “My plan is to open at the beginning of April, which I think is pretty realistic.”

Goulet had her start in the restaurant business 24 years ago when she opened her first Italian restaurant, Florentyna’s, in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland. She changed locations several times before settling at the Tri-City Airport 19 years ago.

Several years ago she opened the 3 Eyed Fish wine bar inside the security area at the airport and later opened the 3 Eyed Fish wine bar on Keene Road in Richland.

When the Pasco Port Commissioners voted to accept a proposal from Tailwind, a North Carolina company, to operate concessions at the airport, Goulet closed both airport locations.

The port commissioners’ decision, Goulet said, “pushed me into looking at other options.”

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Loretto Hulse

Loretto Hulse

Loretto J. Hulse lives in Pasco and has worked in journalism for more than 30 years. She’s married and lives with her husband, Blaine, on a small farm where they raise horses, cats and dogs.

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