To many, the name Wholey's is synonymous with the Strip District. And with the opening of Wild Alaskan Grille
, Luke Wholey is hoping to build on that legacy by offering a full-service restaurant that fittingly serves high-quality seafood.
Located at 2106 Penn Avenue, one aspect of the new eatery will seem familiar to regulars of Wholey’s Fish Market: Luke himself.
For the past three years, Wholey has served grilled sockeye salmon outside the market that his grandfather established over a hundred years ago. And Wholey will once again be on grill duty, standing beside his six-foot-wide, cast-iron grill.
"I'm out here seven days a week, manning the grill," he says. "Cooking has always been a passion of mine, and it's a lot of fun for me to be out here serving my customers."
Wholey’s sidewalk salmon special ($12) is served over rice with grilled zucchini and roasted red peppers.
Inside, the restaurant features a full-service kitchen and menu. The space is a repurposed warehouse that plays well on the Strip’s legacy and the Wholey name. It currently seats 150 on the first floor, but will accommodate up to 300 guests once the second level is complete.
Nautical décor features prominently throughout the rustic interior, including work by local artists, fish mounts, and handmade tables of reclaimed electric cable spindles.
Wholey will be missing from the grill in the coming weeks, but he has a good excuse for his absence. He will be competing in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans.
Wholey, a lifelong fisherman, plans to catch eight yellow perch in Lake Erie, and ship them live to New Orleans, where he will prepare them for the competition on August 11th.
A hopefully victorious Luke Wholey will celebrate a grand opening at his restaurant on August 15th.
Writer: Andrew Moore
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