Whoopemup to whip up Mardi Gras fare for Fat Tuesday

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The Waitsburg restaurant known for its Southern comfort food is gearing up for a Mardi Gras celebration March 8.

The owners at Whoopemup Hollow Caf, 120 Main St., will be serving up oysters on the half shell, quail gumbo, crab and frog's legs touffe and other choices on Fat Tuesday.

The four-course prix fixe dinner will be $45 per person.

In the meantime, customers can whet their appetites with a new menu of pizzas at the restaurant. Starting next Wednesday, Whoopemup will offer five 12-inch specialty pizzas every Wednesday and Thursday through March. This is, of course, in addition to the regular menu.

Pizza choices will include a muffuletta-inspired pizza with coppacola ham, salami, provolone cheese and olive; chicken with pesto and artichoke hearts; clam and preserved lemon with white sauce; cajun sausage with mushroom and fresh mozzarella; and a veggie pizza with mushrooms, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella. Prices range from $11.95 to $15.95.

For more details on the restaurant, visit whoopemuphollowcafe.com .

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Les Schwab Tires is celebrating its expansion to College Place with a grand opening this weekend.

The new location at 1735 S.E. Meadowbrook Blvd. was feted late this morning in a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Deals are expected to be offered throughout the weekend as part of the festivities. Among them: $50 off for purchases of $500 or more and $25 discounts on purchases of $499 or less. Discounts are also expected on brake jobs, including $50 off for front and rear work, or $25 off a front or rear job. Also, buy three sipes and get one free.

Refreshments will be served and live radio remotes will take place throughout the weekend. For more information, call 525-9835.

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The score so far in Stone Hut Bar & Grill's Burger Challenge: Carnivores, 0, Stone Hut, left with a nameless entree.

The Plaza Way bar and grill has laid down a monster of a challenge to burger-lovers. Those who finish the meal not only get it on the house and get to name the burger. The catch: The burger is made with six 1/3-pound patties, plus cheese, bacon and ham, accompanied by 2 pounds of steak fries. Though several have tried, participants so far have thrown in the towel on the gut-buster with food on their plates and the $26.95 bill for the dish.

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Milton-Freewater Health and Rehabiliation Center has been rated one of the best nursing homes in Oregon from the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The operation at 120 Elzora St. received a five-star rating as part of the process. The overall rating is based on health inspections, nurse staffing and medical care, according to an announcement on the recognition. Homes are ranked in tiers according to their star ratings in those three areas.

State survey teams conduct health inspections on behalf of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid every 12 to 15 months. They also investigate health-related complaints from residents, their families and the public, according to the release. The checklist for inspections includes 180-some items, from safety and food preparation issues to adequacy of infection control, medication management and quality of life.

Ratings are based on the number of deficiencies, the seriousness and scope. Additionally, state inspectors check for compliance with fire safety rules, though their findings do not factor into the federal ratings.

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

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