Cool Hand Luke’s Eyes Re­turn To River­bank

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGINNIS

There’s good news for din­ers in the River­bank area. Cool Hand Luke’s is com­ing back.

Re­cent rum­blings on so­cial me­dia, much like those that in­di­cated the steak­house was clos­ing, now show it’s com­ing back.

A com­pany called Her­itage Restau­rant Brands, based in San Luis Obispo, is work­ing on the re­open­ing. CEO Greg Graber said progress is con­tin­u­ing. “Yes, Cool Hand Luke’s is in­deed com­ing back in River­bank and our team can’t wait to show the com­mu­nity what we’re all about. We are work­ing through the liquor li­cense ap­pli­ca­tion process and hope to be open around De­cem­ber if things go as planned,” Graber said in an e-mail.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion re­veals that Her­itage Restau­rant Brands is the op­er­a­tor of 34 restau­rants in­clud­ing Cool Hand Luke’s, Huck­le­berry’s and Perko’s. They own and op­er­ate three other of the Cool Hand Luke’s, with lo­ca­tions in Paso Robles, Tu­lare, and Clo­vis, though San Luis Obispo is the home base.

They’re ask­ing fans of the lo­cal restau­rant to “stay tuned for hir­ing, grand open­ing dates and spe­cials.”

They’re di­rect­ing any ques­tions to an e-mail ad­dress: in­quiries@her­itagerb.com.

RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

River­bank’s Cool Hand Luke’s steak­house is ex­pect­ing to re­open un­der new man­age­ment by the end of the year. Although a sign vis­i­ble in the win­dow states that the shop is open for lunch on week­ends, a note taped in­side the glass of the front door thanks pa­trons but says the for­mer fran­chisees have lost their lease.

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