Lefty’s Grill opening a “Fry House” in Grass Valley, with further expansion planned

The owners of popular Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City plan to open a new restaurant called Lefty’s Fry House in Grass Valley between late January and March, and future plans call for multiple locations in the region, co-owner John Cammack told our magazine for our upcoming winter issue.

The casual eatery will be located next to Sierra Cinemas in the shopping center at East Main Street and Hughes Road.

The menu will feature Lefty’s signature fish and chips, falafel and new dishes such as beignets tossed in powdered sugar, sandwiches on naan bread, fresh salads, garlic fries and more. It will feature beer from ol’ Republic Brewery.

Lefty’s Fry House will seat 32 people inside, and the owners hope to add outdoor seating in the summer. It also will promote “to go” dining that includes online ordering, a growing trend. Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli, another popular local restaurant, has been successful with its own online ordering system.

Down the road, Lefty’s has plans to open Fry Houses in other cities in the region, Cammack said. To us, the plan is redolent of Pluto’s Restaurant, a casual eatery launched by pioneering entrepreneurs in the ’90s that fills the “vast nothingness” between fast-food and full service restaurants. Plutos has more than a half dozen locations in cities such as Davis, Sacramento, Roseville and Chico, as well as San Francisco.

Lefty’s is owned and operated by left-handed chefs, Cammack and Chris Duncan. Opened in 2008, Lefty’s Grill is located in downtown Nevada City in an historic building built in 1872.

Last winter, Deer Creek rose up and flooded Lefty’s downstairs dining room as well as its kitchen. With the help and support of the community, Lefty’s was able to reopen.

(Credit: Jim Beckett, Sugar Pine Studios)

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