Eatery looks to alight elsewhere

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Don't bid arrivederci to Italian restaurant Caravaggio just yet.

The restaurant may be leaving the Walla Walla Regional Airport terminal building, but the transition won't take place for at least a couple of months. And even then, owner Carissa Bossini plans to relocate -- not close.

Bossini said she's been bombarded with condolences from panicked patrons since the story broke that she'll be leaving the airport property. The Port of Walla Walla, which operates the airport, and Caravaggio are parting ways in a move expected later this spring. The Port wants to change restaurants at the space.

A number of people have also called Bossini to share information about other possible locations for the restaurant. If she secures a new location before her departure from the airport at the end of May she'll move early. Either way, folks can hang onto those reservations. They can also catch Bossini on Wednesdays at Sapolil Cellars, where she'll be serving up spaghetti and meatballs from 5-8 p.m.

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Baseball fans may have never eaten so well.

Salumiere Cesario owners Damon and Colby Burke said they have signed a deal with Walla Walla's new baseball organization to be the Official Gourmet Grocer of the Walla Walla Sweets.

That means tasty eats from the Second Avenue store will be available for sale in the beer and wine garden at local Sweets games, according to the announcement. "We are very excited about this new venture, and you'll find us out there supporting our new local team throughout the season," the announcement said.

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Dutch Bros. Coffee is brewing up a new design for its gift cards and wants help from customers.

The Oregon-based coffee chain will unveil three new company-designed gift cards this month. But it's the public design contest that has the company excited.

The contest started Monday and runs through the end of the month. Designs can be submitted online through noon March 31 and will be judged by Dutch Bros. co-founder Travis Boersma. The winner will be announced April 15 and gets to choose either a month of free coffee at Dutch Bros., a $100 Dutch Wear gift certificate or a pair of customized Dutch Bros. Nike sneakers as a prize.

Dutch Bros., which operates in Walla Walla on Ninth Avenue under the ownership of Dave Beamer, recently launched its former Coffee Cash system with a formal gift card program. Rules for the contest are at www.dutchbros.com .

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

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