Kennewick restaurant adds steak dinners to menu, changes name

The owners of Holy Mac & Deli restaurant in Kennewick are expanding their offerings to include a steakhouse menu starting in February. 

Carrie and Doug Lundgren currently specialize in gourmet macaroni and cheese dishes, New York-style deli sandwiches, along with other comfort foods like homemade soups, breakfast sandwiches and salads.

The deli opened in 2015 with plans to eventually include a steakhouse. Once the steakhouse opens — tentatively scheduled for Valentine’s Day — the restaurant’s name will change to Holy Mac Steaks & Spirits.

After the deli closes at 4 p.m., white tablecloths will be spread out for a fine-dining atmosphere for evening meal services which will begin at 6 p.m.

The steak dishes will range from $35 to $40 and will feature large steaks, Carrie said.

While Carrie monitors the kitchen and menu, Doug takes over the duties of running the restaurant. 

“Doug is a former cattleman and grew up on a cattle ranch, so adding a steakhouse is perfect for him,” his wife said. 

The airy interior of the 2,200-square-foot restaurant features high ceilings with exposed air ducts and pipes, and tall windows that let in natural light and feature a panoramic view of the Tri-Cities. The kitchen sits in the middle of the restaurant where customers can watch their meals being prepared. There also is a terrace for outdoor dining during warmer months.

Carrie developed all the recipes for the restaurant and does its bookkeeping. When she isn’t overseeing the books, she runs her realty office, River Realty, which is next door to the deli. She’s been a Tri-City realtor for 27 years. 

All dishes the restaurant offers are prepared fresh daily, like a delicatessen, Carrie said. The meats and cheeses are sliced daily and the mac and cheese is prepared to order. Nothing is made in advance. 

The specialty mac and cheese dishes are sprinkled with panko bread crumbs. The variety ranges from traditional to a bacon cheeseburger dish with seasoned hamburger and bacon bites and a jalapeño popper mac with minced jalapeño, sharp cheddar, gruyere and pepper jack cheeses.

“The Tri-Cities is a franchise town but we wanted to find our own unique niche,” Doug said. “And who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? Especially Carrie’s recipe for mac and cheese.”

The comic book theme of the restaurant came about after a family friend drew a caricature of various members of the Lundgren family.

“We decided on that theme and name after researching fun names of other places around the country,” Carrie said. “We wanted something catchy that would appeal to adults and kids both. We designed the logo after deciding the name. The (caricature) drawings came a year later. We decided that was fun and added them to our menu.”

The eatery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. When the steakhouse opens, dinner will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is closed Sundays.

The restaurant is at 3801 S. Zintel Way, Suite 110, just off Highway 395 near Hildebrand Avenue.

Reservations are encouraged for the steak dinners as the restaurant seats 24 people. 

For more information, call 509-491-1774 or check out the restaurant’s Facebook page

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