Where's the beef? At Whitehouse-Crawford's first-ever Burger Night

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Burger-lovers will be treated to beefy bliss at the Whitehouse-Crawford next week.

The upscale restaurant located in a restored 1905 planing mill is going for a casual affair with its first ever Burger Night.

The restaurant, 55 W. Cherry St., is normally closed Tuesdays but will open that evening next week for the event said Whitehouse-Crawford co-owner and chef Jamie Guerin.

Burgers -- a blend of American Kobe and Thundering Hooves beef -- will be served 5-10 p.m. Burgers start at $9 and go up from there as diners choose their $1 apiece toppings.

Guerin said the bar will be open and ice cream will be available for dessert. "It's just meant to be a low-key casual night," Guerin said. "The burgers will be delicious."

If it's a runaway hit, Burger Night could make a return appearance, he said. Participants are encouraged to call ahead to reserve a seat at 525-2222.

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A bankruptcy filing isn't expected to put the brakes on the local Jiffy Lube operation, according to a report on The Spokesman-Review of Spokane's website Thursday.

Partners in Tri-Cities Fast Lubes Inc., which owns Walla Walla's Jiffy Lube as well as 15 others in Eastern Washington, are reportedly moving through the bankruptcy process.

According to the report, the voluntary filing recently took place in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in California, where one of the business partners, Sean Porcher, lives. The other is a Tri-Cities resident.

Porcher told the Spokesman-Review the stores will not change hours and "will not be affected by this filing."

In an e-mail to that paper, he said the filing was triggered by "external business factors," including the collapse of the credit market, erosion of the overall economy, lease issues and "crippling supply agreements." The Walla Walla Jiffy Lube is located at 1744 Isaacs Ave.

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Five local Realtors were honored by their peers last weekend during the Walla Walla Association of Realtors Annual Awards Ceremony at the Marcus Whitman Hotel amp; Conference Center.

Jerry Holm was feted with the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. A Realtor since 1986, he was a broker of Miller Associates and later as a member of the Coldwell Banker First Realtors office. Holm has served as past association president and MLS chair for the Walla Walla Association of Realtors, and as a member of the Professional Standards Committee. He had previously received the Realtor of the Year Award in 1990.

In addition to that award, Peter Swant was named Realtor of the Year; David Hull was honored with the Realtor Achievement Award; Libby Frazier earned the Realtor Community Service Award; and Darel Tetz was celebrated as Rookie of the Year. The organization also presented Affiliate of the Year honors to Pioneer Title Company; Citizen of the Year to Dr. Mark Brown and Friends of Children of Walla Walla; and the RPAC Appreciation Award to Rebecca Hatfield.

As the night was a mix of business and pleasure, the association also installed new officers to manager the organization for 2011.

Rebecca Hatfield will serve as president for 2011. Other officers include President-Elect Melissa Tetz, Vice President Kenneth Butler, Secretary Joanie Fullen and Treasurer Scott Williams. Also serving on the board are Tom Craig, Brenda Williams, Scott Erwin, Peter Swant and Darel Tetz.

Jan Ellingson, the 2008 Washington Association of Realtors president, was the installing officer, and Glen Clark, 2009 Tri-Cities Association of Realtors president, was the keynote speaker.

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

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