A Labor of Love for WSU Alum Greg Petry
Lumberyard Food Hall was awarded 2019’s Entrepreneur of the Palouse’s Rising Star, which is reserved for companies in their first year of operation. A true labor of love for WSU Alum Greg Petry, this meticulously repurposed 1950s Quonset hut is home to multiple food and beverage purveyors, two full bars, an arcade area, patio seating, a kids’ corner, and an outdoor play area. The spacious room seats 400 and plays host to many events throughout the year, as well as being an ideal place to watch your favorite teams.
Bolstering Other Community Businesses
Born and raised in Pullman, Greg was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the Palouse and undertake such a unique project. From the outset, Greg and his team wanted to not just provide a fun place for people to gather, eat, and revel, but to also use this project as an opportunity to bolster other businesses throughout the community. During construction, Greg made it a point to utilize only local contractors and vendors throughout the three-year process in order to ensure all of the money invested in project flowed back into the community. All the accents and furniture were made locally from reused and repurposed materials, just like the building itself. And now that it’s up and running, Lumberyard sources it’s ingredients from as many local vendors as possible.
Six Separate Food Venues
Now, Lumberyard has over 60 employees, each dedicated to creating a warm, welcoming, and fun atmosphere that feels like an extension of a patron’s own home. With the space being so large, 14,000 square feet not counting the half-acre outdoor area, service by a traditional wait staff was simply not feasible. Instead, patrons can order whatever they like from the six food vendors from one of the many electronic kiosks located throughout, and a waiter will then deliver their order to their seat. Options include pizza and salads from The Whole Yard, Puerto Rican specialties from Las Isla, Burgers from Grand Ave Gourmet, Jenny’s Chicken, 509 Coffee, and Scoops Ice Cream to top it all off. With such a diverse spread, Lumberyard is a perfect place for large groups and families, as there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone.
Incredible Work-Ethic + Ingenuity
Such a large and ambitious project is not without its difficulties, and Greg acknowledges that there have been some kinks to work through. That being said, with the passion, dedication, and ingenuity being poured into this place, not to mention the incredible work-ethic of Greg and his team, Lumberyard Food Hall is sure to be a welcome fixture in Pullman for years to come and truly deserving of EOTP’s Rising Star Award.