Pacific Pasta & Grill heads for Richland as lease runs out in Kennewick

Pacific Pasta & Grill in Kennewick is moving to new quarters in Richland as its lease runs out at 7911 W. Grandridge Blvd.

The pasta restaurant will reopen at 603 Goethals Drive after it closes its old location on Nov. 25. It announced the move on its Facebook page and a notice on the front door of the old location.

The Goethals Drive building was once home to the co-op grocery Mid-Columbia Market at the Hub, which closed in 2017.

Mary Sue Hui, who owns the restaurant with her husband and daughter, Niki Young, said the family sought a smaller spot for the business after 16 years in Kennewick.

Its current 120-seat configuration is too big, particularly in a pandemic. Even with occupancy limited to 25% by the state’s Safe Start program, it seldom reached that level, she said.

The restaurant specializes in freshly made pastas, salads, burgers, wraps Asian entrees and more, catering to health-minded diners with a long list of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan meal options.

In addition to dine-in eating, it offers take-out and delivery through Uber, Grubhub and Tri-City Food Dudes.

The Grandridge Boulevard landlord, Gerald & Spring Covington Living Trust, put its 3,425-square-foot building and 0.56-acre site on the market in March.

It is being marketed for $699,000 as either a restaurant or a potential office or retail space. The taxable value is $727,000. Fixtures, furnishings and equipment are not part of the sale.

It is being marketed by Professional Realty Associates. The restaurant was built in 2005 and opened as Nothing But Noodles before changing names in 2012.

Call 509-578-1054 to place an order or go to restaurantji.com/wa/kennewick/pacific-pasta-and-grill-restaurant-and-catering-/. Follow on Facebook @PacificPastaandGrill.

Editor’s note: Corrected to fix spelling of Mary Sue Hui’s last name. (12/22/20)

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