Eatery opens at Walla Walla Regional Airport

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New restaurant Dominick's on the Runway has quietly taken off at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Owners Dominick and Pam Elia silently opened their Italian-inspired restaurant Tuesday in the terminal building. Their son, Nick Elia, is at the helm in the kitchen. A grand-opening celebration is in the works for a later day, Dominick Elia said.

The restaurant, the first such venture for Walla Walla City Councilman Elia and his wife, was originally expected to open in late July or August but was slightly delayed by equipment replacement and preparation of the space.

Dominick's carries on the Italian tradition of the airport's previous restaurant, Caravaggio, which parted ways with the Port last spring.

With classic Italian dishes, the menu features steak and seafood. Lunch prices range $6-$15. Dinners run $9-$26. The lounge offers dinner and a limited menu certain hours.Dominick's operates 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

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One pallet holding 40 boxes equalled a huge donation of paper Tuesday for the Walla Walla School District.

Wallula mill Boise Inc. dropped off reams of paper to the Park Street warehouse to show the company's commitment to area communities.

"We're happy to help ensure the next generation of scientists, environmentalists, engineers, paper makers, and craftspeople have the supplies they need as they begin the school year," mill Manager Nick Nachbar said in a prepared statement.

The donation was one of four made by Boise. Approximately 160 boxes of paper were donated to school districts in Walla Walla, Kennewick, Richland and Pasco.

The pallets included Boise XMP paper, Boise FIREWORKS Jammin' Salmon paper and Boise FIREWORX Firecracker Fuscia paper.

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

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