What do you do with a fridge full of food and a kitchen remodel on the horizon? How about feed the masses?
That's what Green Gables Inn plans to do in an upcoming event dubbed "Everything But the Kitchen Sink."
On Dec. 30 the bed-and-breakfast will host a three-hour buffet of breakfast items.
According to owner Alexis Buckley, the idea is to clear the kitchen without wasting the food. The remodel is expected to start in January at the 1909 craftsman mansion at 922 Bonsella St.
The event will be a breakfast buffet prepared by chef Andi Bughi. Mimosas will be offered to those 21 and older. The cost for the event, which runs 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., is $13. Space is limited. Reservations can be made at 876-4373.
Looks like plans for a new O'Reilly Auto Parts store are motoring along.
The city has issued a permit for a new O'Reilly retail store at 715 W. Poplar St. The proposal is for construction of a 7,500-square-foot O'Reilly store. Estimated construction value according to the permitting documentation is $764,700.
An O'Reilly store currently operates at 412 S. Ninth Ave. According to the corporate website, O'Reilly is one of the top three auto parts distributors in the country, and totaled about $5.4 billion in sales for the year ending 2010.
The architect for one of the biggest wine endeavors in the state is expected to be chosen next month.
With funding nearly secured for construction of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, operators plan to hire an architect to design the structure and oversee construction management services.
The center will be built in Prosser starting next summer. Completion is expected in 2013. The building, named to honor one of the state's most influential wine visionaries, will feature indoor and outdoor venues, including a tasting room, demonstration kitchen, agriculture and viticulture exhibits, classrooms, conference rooms, office space, retail shop, instructional vineyards, interpretive and production gardens and a walkway along the Yakima River.
It is designed as a must-see learning center to promote regional wine and food by engaging visitors.
Fundraising for the $6.3 million project has contributed $5.3 million, including $3.4 million in state amp; federal grants. About $1.7 million has been spent on infrastructure and the Vineyard Pavilion, a 2,400-square-foot satellite building to the future center. To learn more, visit theclorecenter.org.
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at email@example.com or 526-8321.