New airport eatery sees opening delay


The opening of a new restaurant slated for the Walla Walla Regional Airport has been in the midst of a slight delay.

Dominick's on the Runway is still gearing up for a summertime opening, but operators have been slowed down by preliminary work in the terminal building restaurant space.

Airport officials said Wednesday an epoxy treatment is expected for the floors in the space. They're also expecting to be purchasing some equipment, including a new dishwasher, for the restaurant before it can open.

Walla Walla City Councilman Dominick Elia and his wife, Pam, are hoping to open by the end of July or into August. Their son, Nick Elia, will manage the kitchen.

The menu is expected to specialize in classic Italian dishes, steak and seafood. Prices for lunch are expected to range from $6 to $15. The dinner menu ranges from $9 to $26. The lounge will also offer the dinner menu with a limited menu at certain hours.


The Department of Health will be close its offices across the state Monday because of budget reductions.

Monday is one of 10 days the agency's offices -- as well as the operations of other state organizations such as the Department of Financial Institutions -- are expected to be closed to help reduce state spending.

The closure was mandated by the Legislature to reduce state government operating expenses in workforce compensation. The temporary layoff days are expected to reduce spending by an estimated $70 million.

According to an announcement from the state, a small number of agency employees in patient safety and laboratory testing are exempt from the temporary layoffs and will work regular schedules on the closure days, which run from Monday into June of next year.

The Tumwater, Wash.,-based Department of Health has offices in Spokane, Yakima, Richland, Kent and Shoreline. Regular hours for those offices resume Tuesday.


The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will welcome the Country Store Consignment Antique Mall this weekend with a grand-opening celebration.

The Eastgate business, 2205 E. Isaacs Ave., opened at the start of May. The 33,000-square-foot building sat vacant a year after the closure of the former Country Store. But in February, Kyla Greiner, the daughter of building owners Bill and Sharie Greiner, initiated a makeover of the facility and its transition to a new consignment business and antique mall.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. For more information, call 525-8500.


A new yoga instructor begins teaching classes at Many Waters Wellness Center this weekend. Registered yoga instructor Jennifer Henry will start classes Saturday at 820 Sprague Ave., behind Jefferson Park, said Many Waters owner Sandi Wicher. Henry, who's also a certified massage therapist and Usui Reiki master, came to the area last February from Hood River, Ore. She was trained at Lotus Seed School in Portland, where she studied various yoga disciplines. She refers to her teachings as "Warrior Yoga," a system based on vinyasa flow that combines asana, pranayama and meditation. For more information and class times, visit: or .

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


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