New life for Pullman’s Lumberyard

October 7 — Lumberyard, the large food hall on North Grand Avenue in Pullman that closed over a year ago, has been relaunched with new management.

Molly Golden and longtime Stubblefield Managing Director DJ Goldfinger are the new business owners looking to make the cavernous building a dining and entertainment destination for all ages. It celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday.

“We’ve had a lot of people reaching out to us on social media and saying, ‘We’re so happy this place is reopening. It was such a great idea, ”Golden said.

Lumberyard has several independent food stations surrounding a large seating area.

Goldfinger and Golden are co-owners of one of Lumberyard’s restaurants, the Timber Bar and Grill. Other restaurants include Yia Yia Nikki’s and a poke bowl restaurant called It’s Poke-Man. A Hawaiian restaurant is also expected to move into the facility.

Goldfinger said the food hall reminded him of the food trucks he loved when he lived in Portland.

The main building also features an upstairs outdoor seating area, an indoor children’s play center, a game room with billiards and shuffleboard tables, and a two-bedroom Airbnb.

Adjacent to the dining hall is another building which Goldfinger says will be transformed into an event center. A smaller structure nearby will provide more seating outside next to a play area hidden behind the food hall.

Goldfinger said it was important to him that Lumberyard is a place that parents can enjoy with their children. He said they are planning to host a monthly event for the kids that includes snacks and a book reading.

“I started to think about where my kids would like to come and eat,” he said. “What would they like to do? There are two play centers for the youngsters. There is plenty of space for them to relax and move around, parents and children. And I just felt like that. it was the dream. “

Lumberyard will also offer entertainment for adults. Golden said the weekend evenings will be reserved for those 18 and over who can dance to the music of DJ Goldfinger. The floor of the main building will be reserved for people aged 21 and over. Lumberyard will also be open exclusively to the crowd 21 and over on Tuesday evenings during “Mardis du Bois”.

The grand opening marks a milestone on a long journey after the closure of Stubblefields, a popular nightclub in Adams Mall last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Goldfinger and Golden searched for a place to start a new business, they got help from Aziz Makhani of the Washington Small Business Development Center, who helped them develop their business plan and find a location.

Goldfinger is excited to land in Lumberyard and in a situation he has described as “a dream.”

“It’s a tough journey to go out on your own and throw yourself in there,” he said. “But, this place is so beautiful and it stands on its own.

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