KENNEWICK, Wash. -- One of the Tri-Cities' most popular food trucks will be open again soon after a weeks-long makeover.
Felix Sanchez, owner of El Fat Cat Grill in Kennewick, says he expects to reopen the Mexican food place as early as this Thursday, but no later than next week.
The new El Fat Cat will be in a bigger, bright red building that's more akin to a shed than a truck. It will feature artwork from several local artists – some of whom have already painted walls and tables for the business in the past.
He said El Fat Cat has been around for almost nine years – first as a brick-and-mortar restaurant, then as a food truck. Now, thanks to growing and loyal customer base, Sanchez said the expansion is necessary.
"We've just outgrown ourselves," Sanchez said. "I'd just like to be a little more efficient."
Sanchez said swapping the food truck for a building with thicker walls will mean El Fat Cat will be able to handle the Tri-Cities' hot summers and cold winters without having to close early or open late, as done in the past.
The new building will have more space for refrigeration, larger sinks for dishes and it will allow employees more space to move around comfortably.
Sanchez said the revamp will have cost upward of $20,000 once completed.
The eatery is located at 539 N. Edison St. in Kennewick behind Albertsons.