Tom Douglas Opening New Truck Stop Restaurant Off Exit 34

North Bend will soon have an original take on truck stop cuisine.  Flush with cash from a recent pandemic aid package windfall, famed Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas is opening a new restaurant in Truck Town, just off of I-90's Exit 34.  The restaurant will be located in the space vacated by the old Country Pride restaurant, which closed late last year.

Douglas could not be reached for comment, but spokesperson Tandy Nicklesen confirmed the plans, “We have been looking at further expansion on the Eastside, so let’s get a little crazy!  Everyone knows about Tom Douglas’ success in inventing overly extravagant gourmet pizza with his Serious Pie restaurants.  Now he is going to bring his creativity and restauranting skills to a food genre never before fully examined - truck stop food.”

Tannerwood resident Bill Chambers is looking forward to having a fine dining option in North Bend, "I’m eager for the chance to overpay for an over-thought, reimagined chicken fried steak.  I really want to see what can be done - experimentally - with a patty melt.  And of course, I'm happy to overpay for a gourmet take on the traditional catfish dinner special".

Nicklesen confirmed renovation has just begun, but stated an anticipated opening date has not yet been determined.  She previewed just one item for the future menu – the fennel and black truffle Super Nachos.  “Prepare for your mind to be blown,” she said, as she slowly gestured with her hands in an outward motion from her head, in a manner demonstrating that her head had literally just exploded.

Truck Town is a truck-stop complex off Exit 34 which hosts a gas station and a truck-service center, along with a shop for truck maintenance.

Tom Douglas is an American executive chef, restaurateur, author, and radio talk show host. He is known for winning the 1994 James Beard Award for Best Northwest Chef.