'Tis the season for new hours at restaurant

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The changing seasons has brought new hours to downtown fine-dining restaurant Whitehouse-Crawford.

The restaurant in the historic planing mill at 55 W. Cherry St. has revised its bar hours, said chef Jamie Guerin.

The bar will operate 5-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m.- midnight Friday and Saturday.

The more casual bar area includes eight stools and seating for 16 at the business's zinc-top tables.

The bar is stocked with liquor, a selection of regional and international beers, a full wine list and 12 wines by the glass.

A menu of small plates is available, as well as brick-oven baked flatbread pizzas and burgers. The full dinner menu is also available until 5-10 p.m.

Whitehouse-Crawford is closed Tuesdays. The restaurant will close Christmas Eve and Christmas, but will operate New Year's Eve.

After that, the restaurant will take a winter break the first two weeks of January. Normal business hours will resume Jan. 15.

For more information, call 525-2222 or visit: www.whitehousecrawford.com .

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Hot Mama's Espresso is brewing up support for local veterans and their families.

The Pine Street coffee business is teaming up with Combat Veterans International Chapter 10 to help bring a joyous holiday season to local veterans.

Hot Mama's owner Cathy Rasley said the business is accepting monetary donations that can be dropped off at the drive-through or inside, 1447 W. Pine St.

Funds raised will be given to the combat veterans chapter and used for purchasing food, gifts and more for local veterans and their families. Some families have already been designated to receive the contributions, Rasley said. Money will be accepted at Hot Mama's through Dec. 23.

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Walla Walla's Harvest Foods is getting in the spirit of the holiday -- as well as the upcoming wine-tasting weekend -- with some cheese tasting.

Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Southgate grocery store will offer samples of its artisan cheeses, salamis, crackers, spreads, dips and hors d'oeuvres, said Nolan Lockwood, owner of the store at 905 S. Second Ave. The deli items will be discounted 20 percent for the event, intended to provide customers with party ideas and recipes for the holidays, Lockwood said.

Also on Thursday, the store will have an appearance by keyboardist and vocalist Brady Goss, who will perform live in the store 4-6 p.m.

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

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