When a food lover takes a hard look at the Tri-City restaurant scene, a glaring omission in the region is a lack of steakhouses.
A lot of people have told me it’s nice to have a steakhouse at this end of town.Jeff Ballard, co-owner of Fredy's Steakhouse
Jeremy Thelin, Wayne Walton and Jeff Ballard wanted to change that.
They opened Fredy’s Steakhouse on Feb. 3 at 3617 Plaza Way in south Kennewick.
Thelin and Walton are the owners, while Ballard is the general manager.
The location marks the fourth time a restaurant has operated in that location since 2011. The three previous restaurants were Picazo 717, Fujiyama Steak House & Bar, and Mai House.
So far, the new restaurant is doing well, Ballard said.
“A lot of people have told me it’s nice to have a steakhouse at this end of town,” he said. “They’re happy with the size and flavor of our steaks.”
Thelin and Walton are Tri-Citians who once owned the Folded Pie in Richland before selling it. In the past few years, they have bought two restaurants in Spokane, Wasabi and Ginger – both Asian sushi restaurants.
“They like running restaurants, and they live here in the Tri-Cities,” Ballard said. “The location seemed to work out, especially with the planned (Fairchild Cinemas) coming near Walmart on 27th.”