Dust splinters currently on menu at former Lorenzo's

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You may have noticed something's cooking at the former Lorenzo's Pizza.

Heavy equipment has been at the property, and demolition work has been taking place over the last few days at 1415 Plaza Way.

The building was the longtime home of Lorenzo's Pizza, which closed on Halloween. Now it appears another restaurant may be in the works at the site.

Early buzz at the city, where telephones apparently have been ringing with questions about the redevelopment from local residents, is that a remodel is in the works at the property owned by Loren and Susan Chestnut.

According to information from the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency, the work taking place right now is of the demo and preparation variety to see what kind of framing is in place at the structure. A remodel is reportedly on the horizon with some additional square footage expected on the front for a different restaurant. What kind of restaurant? Judging from an auction of the ovens and other equipment from Lorenzo's last month, it's not likely to be pizza.

A new associate has joined Virtual In-House Counsel PLLC.

Jared N. Hawkins has joined the law firm owned by Kristian E. Hedine. Hawkins, an Eastern Oregon native, brings experience in landlord tenant, immigration, contract and employment discrimination law, as well as estate planning and other areas.

His practice at Virtual In-House Counsel, 2225 E. Isaacs Ave., will include employment law, business law, landlord-tenant matters and general civil litigation.

Hawkins, who is bilingual, earned his bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University and completed his juris doctorate at J. Reuben Clark Law School there. He graduated with honors in 2004. He was senior editor of the BYU Education and Law Journal. He was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2004, and joined the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate in 2005. He represented military clients in criminal and administrative proceedings.

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Key Technology has promoted Bret Larreau to the newly created position of manager of business development.

Larreau, an eight-year employee of the Walla Walla manufacturing firm, is responsible for building new business alliances and developing acquisition opportunities to expand Key's range of customer product solutions within the food and pharmaceutical industries, according to the company's announcement.

He brings 25 years of automated processing equipment experience to the position. Larreau has served as product marketing manager for Key Tech, a designer and manufacturer of automated processing systems. In his previous role he was primarily responsible for Key's optical sorters. Before joining the company he was a senior project manager for Integrated Packaging Systems. He also previously worked in engineering, manufacturing management, sales support management and product management for DSI/Stein, which is part of FMC FoodTech. He has a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from Washington State University.

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