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Menu expands for local dining in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee

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Buffalo Wild Wings, a national restaurant chain, is headed for Wenatchee Valley Mall.

Hungry? Tuck a napkin in your shirt collar because a couple of new restaurants are in the works for Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.

Jimmy John’s: One of the hottest franchises in the country is rolling into Wenatchee and should be open by late February. We say “roll” because Jimmy John’s specializes in lightning-fast delivery of gourmet sandwiches, including The Gargantuan (five meats, assorted cheeses, veggies and Italian dressing). By the way, you read that right … they’ll deliver your sandwich to your home or office desk.

Franchise owner Jake Lindsay, who’s based in Idaho, owns five other Jimmy John’s there and in Washington with five more in the works, including Wenatchee, Moses Lake and Tri-Cities. “We’ve had good success in mid-sized cities and love opening restaurants in those communities,” said Lindsay. “I drove into Wenatchee and was knocked over by what I saw — a combination of the Old West and the Alps.”

The company has more than 2,000 stores and is known for its delivery service, low prices and “bratty attitude,” according to its website.

The new Jimmy John’s, set to open in the former location of the Wenatchee Quizno’s (212 Fifth St., next to Tastebuds), will have about 1,500 square feet of restaurant space and 25 employees. During lunch and dinner times, eight of those employees will be zipping sandwiches to customers around the Wenatchee metro area.

The restaurant’s manager (and part owner) is Talynn Creech. She’ll be moving to Wenatchee soon to oversee construction of the operation and hiring.

For more info on Jimmy John’s — and to plan your sandwich future — see the menu and read about the company at jimmyjohns.com.

Buffalo Wild Wings: This high-profile national chain with its restaurant-sports bar atmosphere is expanding into mid-sized markets, including East Wenatchee. A banner announcing the franchise went up two weeks ago at its Wenatchee Valley Mall location — the building that once housed Quizno’s, Taco Del Mar and a bank financial office.

So far, neither mall management nor Wings’ top cluckers are giving out any details. But we know the restaurant serves more than 20 different kinds of wings and sauces, a wide assortment of appetizers, chicken tenders and popcorn shrimp, salads, wraps, fish tacos and domestic, imported and craft beers. Can we reserve our table now?

Read more about B-Dubs (yes, that’s its nickname) at buffalowildwings.com.