Eatery to offer burger relief from turkey hangover

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If turkey has you in a food coma after this weekend, the Whitehouse-Crawford's upcoming Burger Night may be an enticing way to start the new week.

Beef will be the one item on the menu as the team prepares a plethora of burgers, said Manager Emily Riley. Service will run 5-10 p.m. at the restaurant, 55 W. Cherry St.

Burgers to order will be prepared in what's shaping up as an annual event. Side salads or sweet onions will accompany the main course. Dishes will likely start in the $10 range and increase in price with toppings. Drink specials and ice cream will be available. Reservations for Monday will be taken only over the telephone, 525-2222.

Those not able to drop in may take advantage of some other specials the restaurant's offering: Happy Hour runs 5-7 p.m. daily, with the exception of Tuesdays, when Whitehouse-Crawford is closed.

Every Sunday night specials are offered to those in the restaurant and wine business as part of Service Industry Night. Specials include reduced prices on food, specialty cocktails and 20 percent off the wine list.

Thursdays include a 10 percent discount for local college faculty and staff members. For more details call the restaurant or visit Whitehousecrawford.com.

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Walla Walla's intercity bus service recently marked four years on the vine.

Since 2007 Grape Line has served more than 27,700 passengers, according to an announcement from the Washington State Department of Transportation, which operates the service through its Travel Washington program.

Central Washington Airporter contracts to provide the 20-passenger buses that transport riders between Walla Walla and Pasco with several stops in between. Since the service was introduced four years ago, three other intercity bus lines have been launched across the state. Each one is named for a defining local resource: the Apple Line that runs between Omak and Ellensburg; the Gold Line between Kettle Falls and Spokane; and the Dungeness Line that travels between Port Angeles and Seattle.

The buses are equipped with high-back reclining seats, a wheelchair lift, two wheelchair stations, a rack for two bicycles and luggage storage areas. Grape Line, which is overseen by Manager Kevin Olesen, makes three daily round trips with connections to Greyhound, Amtrak, Ben Franklin Transit, Valley Transit and the Pasco Airport. For more information, visit www.grapeline.us/.

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Tickets are available for the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce's 129th awards banquet.

The event -- themed "Winter Reflections" -- is an annual tribute to volunteers who dedicate their time to leave lasting impressions in and around the community.

The Chamber will present Awards of Merit to a man and woman. Walla Walla University, Whitman College and Walla Walla Community College will also present their community service awards.

Held at the Marcus Whitman Hotel amp; Conference Center, the banquet includes a social hour and silent auction, gourmet dinner, live auction and awards ceremony. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60 per person and can be reserved by calling the Chamber at 525-0850.

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

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