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The former CreekTown Caf has reopened as the South Fork Grill.

The Southgate restaurant has new owners and a new identity, but many faces and dishes are the same.

Among the similarities: Jodi Worden, a longtime employee of CreekTown and now a new owner of South Fork. Worden said via e-mail she was inspired by her love of the restaurant, the industry and the staff to open another operation in the same spot after learning of CreekTown's sudden closure in late July.

She and her husband, Chris Worden, a firefighter/paramedic for the city of Walla Walla, believed it was important to get another restaurant operating for the community and those who lost their jobs with the CreekTown closure, she said. Their three kids will be "helping" in the restaurant from time to time.

Many of the previous staff members will return to the restaurant at 1129 S. Second Ave. Among them is Chef Nimal Amarasinghe, who joined the staff earlier this year. He'll continue to serve some well-known favorites, as well as new dishes, Worden said.

Dinner is expected to be very similar to the CreekTown offerings, plus a few changes and additions. An affordable lunch menu and midday menu, featuring cocktails and heavy appetizers, are also in the works.

Walla Walla Valley natives, the Wordens chose the South Fork name as a tribute to the Walla Walla River area.

Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Sunday with lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; midday menu 2-5 p.m.; and dinner 5-9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays the dining room will be open until 10 p.m.

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