An Odessa restaurateur expects to open a new restaurant in early July at the former Harrigan’s location on JBS Parkway.

Sid Clark, who owns Sid and Sam’s Original Steakhouse and Catfish and Co. in Odessa, said he expected to announce details about the restaurant in the next few weeks. But he said it would be called “Scratch Kitchen” and that it would be different from his other restaurants in Odessa, which will remain open at their existing locations.

“Our food will have a little bit of Cajun flair, some Asian flair, and there will be some comfort food thrown in there, along with some steaks,” Clark said. “It’s going to be an eclectic menu. I think it’s going to do very well.”

Today, construction crews are remodeling the interior and exterior of the building, after receiving building permits from the city in recent months. Clark said they will also add an outdoor patio area, adjacent to the bar.

The new restaurant will employ about 70 people, Clark said.

Clark was one of the managers at Harrigan’s when the steak house opened in 1979 and worked there for about five years. He said the facelift to the building was needed, but the property was attractive as high-traffic, high-volume location.

Owners of the building and the surrounding retail center wanted to lease it to someone local, Clark said.

“Harrigan’s was always near and dear to my heart,” Clark said. “It was hard for me to come in here and take it all apart, but it had run a 40-year course and it had been a very successful course.”

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