“On Dec. 26, they opened the doors of their new Yelm restaurant, Clarks Bar and Grill.
The family-friendly sports bar is located at Tahoma Valley Golf Course in the former Chef Ricardos restaurant.
‘We kind of always had a family dream of starting one, so when the opportunity arose, we jumped on it,’ said Chris Clark, the eldest Clark son.
The initial plan was to open a sports bar, but after taking an informal survey of what the town wanted, the Clarks decided the restaurant needed to stay.
Steve Clark and sons Chris and Adam Clark plan a revamp of the restaurant space…
Changes will be gradual to avoid shocking regular customers. As part of the transformation, they put up lighted beer signs and a 63-inch main television screen…
Regular menu options are similar to Ricardos, but Chris Clark said the menu is easier to read and prices are lower.
Adam Clark, a bartender for eight years, said he has ideas for the bar, and even has a few original drink recipes up his sleeve…
The restaurant is golfer friendly.
In the mornings, the televisions are set to golf channels, and in the afternoon its baseball, basketball, football or whatevers in season…
Additional changes include some booth seating at the side of the restaurant and some high bar-style tables toward the center of the room.
Though many changes are planned, the family intends to keep some things the same.
A secluded area of the restaurant will still be set aside for fine dining and larger groups.
Also, many of the employees are the same.
The Clarks offer catering, and the patio facing the golf course will still be an extension of the dining room.
To make the patio inviting for guests, the Clarks will keep the gas firepit running and add a few stand-up portable heaters.
The Clarks said they are working with Yelm coaches to get high school sports memorabilia on the walls, and patrons may even see a few Little League items.
As Adam and Steve Clark move from Puyallup into Yelm, they plan to coach for a select baseball team…
Steve Clark is already a coach for Yelms varsity football defensive line.
While Adam Clark has experience working in a bar, the business is completely new to Chris and Steve, who formerly worked in real estate,” quoting the NVN.