Washington State University has reached a deal with local restaurateurs for a new eatery at the institution’s golf course.
According to a WSU press release, the new restaurant at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club will be called Roundtop Public House. It will be operated by JW Links, LCC. Co-owners Jim Harbour and Wade Dissmore. The men also own and operate the Southfork Public House and Fork in the Road Catering in Pullman. The catering company just began operating the new beer and wine garden at WSU basketball games. Both Dissmore and Harbour grew up in Pullman.
Roundtop Public House will open this Spring when the golf season begins. The 8,800 square foot space at the clubhouse still includes a restaurant, bar and pavilion. The space is currently under renovations. Previous event bookings will be honored.
Harbour and Dissmore have agreed to a five-year lease with an option to extend the deal to a full decade. WSU stands to earn 5% on gross annual sales exceeding 1.3 million dollars in addition to an annual base rent of 100,000 dollars in the first year. WSU Vice president For Finance & Administration Stacy Pearson says says she is pleased with the new venture. Pearson added that WSU sought new proposals to see if the university could make more money on the space.
The clubhouse’s prior restaurant Banyans on the Ridge opened with the golf course in 2008. That establishment closed last month. Those operators plan on opening a new downtown Pullman Italian eatery soon.