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Joel Watson spent a day at Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick, teaching the culinary arts, pastry and baking class to make pie crust. (Courtesy Joel Watson)

He’s just living the dream at Just Joel’s in Kennewick

By Annie Fowler Tucked away in a small building at 1505 W. Kennewick Ave. is one man’s dream. Just Joel’s, a small diner that features homemade breakfast and lunch, had a banner first year, which nearly brings owner Joel Watson to tears when he talks about it. “When you come here, the food is made…

After 40 years of grape production and winemaking on Red Mountain, the two wineries that started it all are collaborating on a limited-edition Cabernet Sauvignon to celebrate their anniversary. Kiona Vineyards and Winery and Barnard Griffin will donate all proceeds from the wine’s sales to Second Harvest. Pictured, from left, are: Scott Williams, JJ Williams, Megan Hughes and Rob Griffin.

Red Mountain pioneers collaborate on Cabernet for a cause

Two Red Mountain wineries are collaborating on a special vintage this year in honor of their 40th anniversary. In 1978, Barnard Griffin’s founder Rob Griffin produced the first Red Mountain commercial wine using grapes grown by John Williams and Jim Holmes at their Kiona Estate vineyard outside Benton City. Forty years later, their kids and…

D. Patrick Jones

Tri-City entrepreneurship, labor market show mixed signals

By D. Patrick Jones It’s human nature to keep score. Look at all the stats in the sports pages. Or the various top 10 rankings of U.S. cities. So, too, with economic development. An overriding goal of nearly all communities is to create jobs. Chambers of commerce, local government and economic development organizations often keep score with jobs. At…

Jeremy’s 1896 Public House at 1232 Wine Country Road was the original home of Prosser’s first mayor. Built in 1896, the home was turned into a restaurant in 2014 after an extensive remodel. It’s listed for sale at $775,000.

Restaurant in heart of wine country on the market for less than $1M

A historic Prosser home converted into an established restaurant is on the market for an eager entrepreneur. Jeremy’s 1896 Public House, an eatery and pub at 1232 Wine Country Road, once was home to the first Prosser mayor, E.W. Taylor. It’s been Sue and Dick Poteet’s restaurant for the past four years. It’s known for…

Entrepreneurs: be a goal-setter and goal-getter in new year

By Paul Casey One of the greatest predictors of success for entrepreneurs is goal orientation. Goals are dreams with a deadline. ’Tis the season to set your annual business goals and ensure they fit into your long-term vision for success. Prepare for the goal-setting process. In advance, self-evaluate against key priorities before setting goals. This…

David Phongsa poses with a bahn mi sandwich outside of the walk-up window at the Pasco Specialty Kitchen in downtown Pasco.

Restaurateurs take baby steps toward brick-and-mortar ventures

Notice more food trucks opening brick-and-mortar locations? It’s a growing trend in the Tri-City food scene, accelerated in part by incubators like the Pasco Specialty Kitchen. Once mobile food vendors like Fresh Out  The Box, Hot Tamales, Foodies and Mercy’s Pizza Taco have graduated from food truck to sit-down restaurants. And more hope to follow…

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