New restaurant opening doors on Combie
Owners of The Northridge restaurant are fired up about serving pizza and other traditional fare in a location that, for years, was a dining favorite for residents of southern Nevada County.
But when they open in the former Red Wagon building in the fall, they will add steak to the menu, partner David Freeman said Tuesday.
With locations already established in Nevada City and Penn Valley, Northridge owners recently purchased the restaurant on Combie Road for more than $1.5 million. The five partners in the deal hope to have the family restaurant and bar open by October, Freeman said.
“You can’t run an empire by yourself,” said Freeman, who for six years has owned 75 percent of The Northridge in Nevada City with partner Mony Monir. The two opened the Penn Valley restaurant with Carlos Delcid four years ago.
The well-known roadhouse was established as an eatery in the 1950s, Freeman said.
The Red Wagon closed in 2006 after serving up fried chicken and other stick-to-your-ribs entrees for 46 years. The building was on the market for a year before Northridge partners snatched it up.
The owners plan to build a 40-foot by 23-foot dining room onto the building to increase the seating from 80 to 120. They also plan to add a beer-and-wine bar.
The Combie restaurant is the only sit-down place near Lake of the Pines besides a Hunan restaurant and pizza parlor, Freeman said. Besides steak, the newest Northridge will serve traditional burgers, salads and the popular margarita pizza.
“This is a place that locals come,” Freeman said. He attributes the restaurant’s success to his regular clientele of construction workers and families who come for consistency, reasonable prices and a good time.
To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail lbrown@the union.com or call 477-4231.
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