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New businesses in the Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash.  --  The holidays are right around the corner which means vacation, shopping, and eating for many of us.  There are several new places in the Tri-Cities, many of which are at Columbia Center Mall.

"Right now we are totally leased, and so that's a great thing shoppers will have a lot of variety this year," says  Barbara Johnson the mall manager.  The latest retail store to open two weeks ago is Tilly's which is a top brand fashion forward store for those who enjoy sports like skiing and snowboarding.

Two new restaurants are at the mall as well.  Twigs, a martini and bistro opened end of October.  The food is described as eclectic American.  "We have everything from steaks, salads, pasta's pizza's sandwiches," says Larry Suenaga-Bassett the General Manager.  The food ranges from $8 for sandwiches to a $27 steak.  There's a full bar with a 36 signature martini menu.

Friday, Mizu Sushi will open to the public.  It will have a running conveyer belt for people to pick out what they want. "Our plates are different colors, ranging from $1.50- to the highest is $4.50. Whatever items you like, you get to chose, so you get to control what you're purchasing.  Chefs make it fresh right in the middle of the isle here," says Patrick Cox, the general manager.  The restaurant will also have menu items that are not sushi like teriyaki chicken.

Texas Roadhouse, a popular chain opened on Columbia Center Blvd last week.

There is also a new dance club in Kennewick, located at 8418 Gage Blvd.  Inferno is an LA inspired night club with a live D-J's, go-go dancers and a dress code.

"People want a place they can dress classy, so they come here," says Christal Guzman, whose father is the owner. 

There is also a new business coming to Columbia Center Mall in place of the old Rite Aid.  Construction is underway and Johnson says they've signed a deal but will not release what's going in until next week.