Expect some new dishes when Rogers Bakery reopens in September.
Co-owner Kelli Leen said she's had plenty of time to experiment with new recipes while the College Place operation, which was damaged in a February fire, is rebuilt.
Leen said Wednesday the roof has been removed from the building at 116 N. College Ave., and the rebuilding process is finally under way.
Contracting firm Opp & Seibold is shooting for completion in three months. A September grand reopening is planned, Leen said. In the meantime, she's been whipping up new soup and salad dishes in her kitchen at home. She and her husband, Lenny Leen, plan to debut the new recipes when the business opens. The absence has been difficult, she said.
The February fire that damaged the building started in a light fixture. Though restricted to the ceiling, the flames damaged the equipment as well as the structure. Leen said she and her husband are missing the operation as much as customers are missing their favorite pastries.
"People are missing those maple bars and apple fritters," she said. "It's discouraging to us, yet we'll be so excited to get reopened."
A Milton-Freewater relic is expected to have new life as a destination for food.
French-trained chef Paul Freeman reportedly plans to open a new restaurant in the 1906 building known to locals as "The Bank." Details about the building and Freeman's plans were posted Wednesday in a blog by Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman Catie McIntyre Walker.
Freeman, who has more than 15 years experience in catering and cuisine, purchased the building on the corner of Main Street and Sixth Avenue in Old Town Freewater. According to the blog he plans a soft opening for the restaurant this summer. The pre-fixe menu will include sustainable, seasonal produce and special cuts of meat off the grill.
The grapevine on the Grape Line: Fares have increased and the schedule has changed.
Changes for Walla Walla's intercity bus service were initiated this week, said Grape Line Manager Kevin Oleson, in an e-mail announcement.
As of Tuesday, the fare from Walla Walla to Pasco and Pasco to Walla Walla bumped up to $7, he said. The last run from Pasco has also been changed anywhere from an hour to 50 minutes earlier. For more details on the scheduling change, check out the Grape Line website at: www.grapeline.us .
Trio Vintners is making the leap from the winery incubator building at the Walla Walla Regional Airport Industrial Park.
The Walla Walla winery was one of the first to open at the incubator complex in 2006 and will be the first to leave.
Owners Denise Slattery and Steve Michener plan to open their new tasting room downtown at 102 S. Second Ave., between Poplar and Alder streets, in the Drumheller Building.
The move will be complete July 1. In the meantime, Trio will continue at the Piper Avenue incubator village, where Slattery and Michener have an '06 mourvedre and an '07 Sangiovese, as well as their RIOT, Tres Rose, carmenere, tempranillo, zinfandel and more. Hours of operation there are 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment.
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8321.