Washougal, WA — 2 Rivers Bar and Grill just opened its doors a week ago and it’s already a hit, filling a giant void left by Hearth when it shuttered it doors at the Washougal Town Square. It’s already getting repeat customers.
The upscale restaurant and bar is a scratch kitchen serving up small plates, burgers, entrées, with nightly specials and many beers on tap.
Using locally sourced ingredients, 2 Rivers is all about serving up fresh food. Popular dishes include the beer-battered Fish and Chips, Salmon Cakes, Steak Bites, Prime New York Steak (priced in the mid-$20 range), and Bone-in French Cut Pork Chops with Apple Chutney.
We sampled their lunch Hummus plate, which stands out for its flavor, freshness and variety of vegetables. They also have some other vegetarian options on the menu.
2 Rivers features more than 30 different bottles of wine, with most selections coming from local Oregon and Washington wineries. Sixty percent of their offerings are red wine.
Owner Derik Ford brought 2 Rivers to reality after many months of working out at adjacent Anytime Fitness.
“I walked by every day to see this great vacant space, and decided to do something about it — I’ve always wanted to do this,” said Ford, an entrepreneur, whose wife, Michelle, teaches and coaches volleyball at Camas High School. “Michelle has lived here for five years, and I grew up in the Coos Bay, North Bend area. “We’ve spent time to create a great atmosphere. It’s really needed in Washougal, and we’re already getting repeat customers.”
Underground parking at Washougal Town Square is also a bonus, which makes access really easy — especially with the elevator.
“We’re having a lot of fun, and like I said I’ve always wanted to do this, plus I live here and I’ll be much more involved in this every single day,” said Ford. “I’ve learned business is business. As long as you have good people underneath you’ll be OK.”
Server Christian Chandler said the kitchen staff is “amazing and they prepare quality food. I love their nightly specials, so do our guests.”
2 Rivers Bar and Grill is located at 1700 Main Street, Suite 110, Washougal, WA 98671.
Hours: 11-9 Monday-Thursday; 11-midnight Friday and Saturday; Sundays: 11-6
Find them on Facebook: @2Rivers Bar & Grill