RICHLAND, Wash.-- An empty space on the Richland parkway is soon to be filled.
You may remember Cheese Louise closed last fall after being a longtime staple in the Tri-Cities and we now know what will be filling the spot.
Christopher Nokes says, "Big, messy platters of really good, locally sourced food."
Nokes is bringing Hot Mess Burgers and Pies to life in just a matter of months.
Waffle fries, lemon meringue pie, and a healthy dose of sci-fi is what you'll find when you step inside hot mess and burgers and pies.
Right now its a work in progress, but soon it'll be offering up classic foods with a retro twist.
Christopher Nokes says, "We've got like the teenage beach party massacre burger which has bloody barbecue sauce, with pineapple. Our signature dessert is the Hot Mess, its a pretzel crust, French silk pie with white and dark chocolate on it."
Guests will be welcomed by a 50's diner setting and an emphasis on farm to fork food.
Chef Nokes says his entire career hes sourced everything locally to highlight an important part of our community.
Christopher Nokes says, "There's not a lot of recognition that our farmers get, we are a very agricultural society."
You may already have tasted the sweet, succulent flavors Hot Mess Burgers and Pies has to offer.
For the past two years they've been running a micro bakery, but when the prime location on the parkway opened up, they knew it was time to make their move.
Christopher Nokes says, "Once we knew this space was available, I just knew we had to expand and put in our dream restaurant here."
While the weather has slowed down their progress, they're optimistic about opening in May.
Christopher Nokes says, "Dead set in opening before the farmers market opens."
Christopher says they've started a small Kickstarter to help them put their ventilation system in.
If you want to help them, there are incentives for you, including free burgers for a year... depending on how much you pledge.
You can help by clicking here.