Shirley Simmons has been around the restaurant business her entire life. Her parents, Chuck and Mabel Wyatt, owned the Pancake Corral, which opened in 1979 at the corner of Highway 395 and Vista Street in Kennewick. The public loved it and as customers increased, it was remodeled and renamed The Country Gentleman in 1984 by Shirley’s sister Marge and Gerald Van Zuyen.
In 1996, Shirley and her husband Steve became partners and added catering, which was so successful that they outgrew their kitchen and moved to a new building at 9221 West Clearwater in Kennewick. Now, their son Kyle is modernizing the restaurant, which recently became CG Public House. The restaurant “offers tasty new fare for foodies, crafty cocktails and bountiful beers,” according to its website. But through it all, their commitment to never compromise on quality is what keeps customers returning again and again.
CG Public House values high standards of hospitality, sustainability and community. The owners take pride in using local ingredients wherever possible. They are well-known for their exceptional staff and dependability; in fact, CG Public House catered off-premise or at their restaurant 2,800 events in 2016, ranging from 10 to 4,000 people at each event. During peak season, CG Public House may be catering up to 30 events in a day. Small or large, each event receives the same honor of CG Public House’s high standards.
1. CG Public House
9221 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, 509-783-0128
2. Castle Catering
706 Williams Blvd., Richland, 509-375-4000
3. Dickey's Barbecue Pit
122 Highway 395, Kennewick, 509-396-9898
2530 Queensgate Dr., Richland, 509-396-9717