The Marc to discontinue lunch service by year's end

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Lunch is coming off the menu at The Marc.

The restaurant located inside the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center will conclude its lunch service at the end of the year.

Owner Kyle Mussman said the decision to end the lunch service was made after evaluating the market. When The Marc opened a decade ago lunch options were more limited. That's not the case any longer, Mussman said in an announcement Tuesday.

"There are many great local restaurants doing an excellent job providing lunch, many within walking distance of our hotel," he said in a prepared statement. "We feel comfortable and confident in sending our guests to neighboring restaurants for a wonderful lunch experience. During the last 10 years, we have enjoyed providing exceptional lunch experiences to our guests and are grateful for all the support we have received. A big thank you to every one of our customers.

Mussman said dinner service will continue nightly in The Marc, as well as The Vineyard Lounge and in the onsite catering department for the conference center. The Marc will also be available for private lunch meetings for conference groups interested in gathering in a restaurant setting.

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Andrae's Kitchen is cooking up plans for Christmas dinner.

The Walla Walla business that operates a mobile kitchen is taking the hassle out of the holiday cooking. "AK's" will prepare pre-ordered Christmas dinners, which will be available for pickup on Christmas Eve.

The cost is $75, which feeds two adults and a child, so a dinner for 10 would need five orders. The menu: Thundering Hooves 2-3-pound bone-in prime rib roast with a seasoning packet; Andrae's famous gratin dauphinouis (potatoes layered with butter and cream and baked); Brussels sprouts with Thundering Hooves bacon and sherry vinegar; spiced apple cobbler; and Andrae's fresh-baked brioche loaf.

AK's is limited to 60 orders. Reservations are needed by Monday. All orders must be prepaid with a credit card, cash or a check. To order, contact the AK's crew or e-mail andraeskitchen@gmail.com.

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The Walla Walla Clinic Pediatric group was recognized as one of the top in the state by Premera Blue Cross.

The insurance firm makes its annual selection based on quality of care. The Walla Walla Clinic made Premera's list of the top 10 Pediatric Groups for being "committed to delivering exceptional levels of quality care," according to the announcement.

Premera selected from more than 700 practices. The top 10 was chosen based on an evaluation of physicians who demonstrate "best practices in the delivery of high quality care to patients."

Walla Walla Clinic is a group of 40 physicians and 200 staff members who provide care to children and adults across 16 specialties. The clinic has four locations, but its main campus is at 55 W. Tietan St.

In addition to the award, the operation has announced several new doctors at the clinic: Dr. Ali Amirzadeh in allergy; Dr. Justin Olswanger in family medicine; and Drs. Trent Rogers and Nicole Villarreal in pediatrics. Dr. Bryony McCollaugh will be joining this summer as an obstetrician/gynecologist. For more information, visit Walla Walla Clinic's website at: www.wallawallaclinic.com .

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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