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By Lucas Walsh
Cheney Free Press 

Lenny's restaurant closes after almost 50 years

Former mayor Allan Gainer tells us the story


Last updated 10/12/2022 at 10:38am

Lucas Walsh | Cheney Free Press

From Italian kitchen to classic burgers, Lenny's has gone through different phases over the years serving the Cheney community.

CHENEY – Lenny's Classic Restaurant has closed down and will go up for sale at the end of October. Owner Allan Gainer cites economic shifts such as inflation and a reduction in expendable income as factors in his decision to close the business.

Rising food costs also took a toll on the sustainability of the restaurant. In the past, Lenny's was known for its milkshakes, Stromboli, and the popular "bag'o burgers." All of these items were revived by Gainer when he acquired the business in 2021.

Gainer, a former mayor of Cheney and an Eastern Washington University alum, is a lifelong resident...

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