The restaurant business is not for the faint of heart. Yared Desalegn, the proprietor of Zachary’s Steak House, knows that all too well. His original location in Colonial Heights has been a success story from the beginning, prompting him to open a second location on State Street in Bristol. Business is steady there too, so he must be doing something right since expanding is always a scary proposition.
The food is certainly the focus for Yared. He features steaks that are hand cut fresh every day. He has always had other offerings, and is now preparing Alaskan Whitefish, Southern Tilapia and several other delectable delights. Fresh is a focal point too. As an example, their homemade coleslaw is prepared fresh two or three times each day.
With at least six beers on tap and smaller offerings like Quesadillas and hand-pattied 8 oz. burgers, this is a nice spot for lunch or happy hour as well. Yared says that the homemade chicken salad, his own recipe, is quickly gaining in popularity. There is even a veggie plate and a veggie quesadilla for those non-meat eaters among us.
Yared says his business plan is simple: good products, very affordable prices and an excellent taste will give him the edge he is looking to have. My wife and I have eaten there several times and we marvel at the presentation every time. You certainly can’t go wrong visiting Zachary’s!