New owners plan to reopen popular Walla Walla restaurant as 'Creek Town'


The latest dish on CreekTown Caf -- at least according to public records and social-networking reports: A pair of new owners are wading through the bureaucratic side of the business with plans to reopen as soon as possible.

The temporarily defunct Southgate restaurant at 1129 S. Second Ave. has been closed three weeks.

According to a filing with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, Worden Family LLC has filed for a liquor license. New applicants Chris and Jodi Worden plan to reopen the restaurant as "Creek Town."

A message posted on the restaurant's Facebook page Wednesday also offered this update: "Do not give up on the restaurant. There are a couple employees who are trying to get the doors open as new owners. As always there are legal items that tend to slow things down." The restaurant is expected to have close to 30 employees when it opens again, according to the posts.

The 8-year-old restaurant, started by proprietors Bill Pancake Jr. and Tom Uberuaga, has grown into a hometown dining destination.


Hot Mama's Espresso is hitting the road.

The Pine Street coffee business is now making deliveries, co-owner Cathy Rasley said.

The free deliveries are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Minimum orders for delivery are $15.

To see what Hot Mama's has available, visit the shop at 1447 W. Pine St., next to the Myra Road roundabouts, or visit the website at: . The business operates 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more details, call 529-4298.


Earnings at Baker Boyer Bank grew 2.3 percent during the first half of this year, company President and CEO Megan Clubb announced.

The Walla Walla-based bank saw earnings grow over the same period in 2009. Deposits increased 13 percent -- more than $46 million -- during the same time.

"This increase in earnings came despite the fact that our FDIC Insurance expense for our share of the cost of bailing out failed banks has increased from $4.9 thousand in the month of January 2009 to $69.9 thousand in the month of June 2010," Clubb said in a prepared statement.

"We view this increase in earnings and growth in deposits as hopeful signs that the economic health of our customers is improving slightly, though economic uncertainty remains."

In the announcement, Clubb said she is optimistic that the recently approved Dodd-Frank Walla Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will help rebuild consumer confidence and trust in the banking system.

Baker Boyer Bank, she said, also climbed to 44th on the U.S. Banker list of Top 200 Community Banks in 2010, up from 87th in 2009. The list, based on three-year return on equity (ROE), placed Baker Boyer in the top 50 most safe and sound community banks in the nation.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 509-526-8321.


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