CreekTown Cafe to reopen as South Fork Grill

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The former CreekTown Caf will reopen early next month as the South Fork Grill.

The Southgate restaurant will have new owners and a new identity, but many faces and dishes will be the same when it opens early next month.

Among the similarities: Jodi Worden, a longtime employee of CreekTown and now a new owner of South Fork. Worden said via e-mail this morning 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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The 10th anniversary of Just Right Books this weekend will mark a new chapter for owner Donna Wright.

As part of Saturday's anniversary celebration -- which includes discounts, drawings and more -- Wright will shred her purchase contract at noon.

The store at 1905 E. Isaacs Ave., behind Magic Touch Car Wash, carries a wealth of used books and Wright is known for a memory bank of titles and their locations.

Her celebration will include a drawing for $100 in free books. Drawings will also take place every hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free books. Guests will receive 10 percent off for cash and trade sales, and refreshments will be served. For more information call 526-7662.

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The Walla Walla Association of Realtors is gearing up for its annual Care & Share Food Drive.

The event's signature orange bags will be coming to homes in just a few weeks.

Residents will receive the bags on their door knobs Friday, Oct. 15, or Saturday, Oct. 16. Participants are asked to fill the bags with nonperishable food items, such as commercially canned fruits and vegetables, tuna fish, boxed macaroni and cheese, dinner mixes, peanut butter, dried beans and peas, soups, cereal, rice, flour, sugar and other staples. Before noon that Sunday, the filled bags should be placed in front of your home, and it will be picked up by a volunteer.

Bags can also be dropped off at the collection site at the Plaza Way branch of Baker Boyer Bank. Collection barrels will also be placed in local businesses through October.

Those interested in volunteering to pick up food can sign up at Land Title at First Avenue and Main Street. Maps and rules will be available at the business.

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

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