One of downtown Kennewick's icons, O'Henry's, is under new management.
But if the late Henry Belair, who established the restaurant decades ago, were to walk through the door, he would feel right at home.
The Kennewick High School class photos still hang on the walls, many of Belair's kitchen collectibles are still displayed on shelves, and the kitchen is still turning out home-style meals.
Julie and Chuck Clark of Kennewick took over O'Henry's on May 31. They are leasing the building from Dr. Nikom and Josie Wannarachue of Kennewick, who bought it from Henry Belair in 2006 and ran the restaurant until last May.
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The little brick building at 20 S. Auburn St. had been in the Belair family since 1927, when Belair's parents moved from Prosser to take over a bakery. Over the decades it housed a bakery, an ice cream parlor, a doughnut shop and finally the restaurant that is still in operation.
Running O'Henry's brings back fond memories for the Clarks. Julie, who grew up just blocks from the restaurant, remembers eating at O'Henry's with her grandparents, and later, her friends. Both the Clarks attended Kennewick High School. She graduated in 1980, he in 1977.
"I used to come here for lunch two, three times a week when I was in high school," he said. "I loved Henry's Hawaiian Burger. I'd order it almost every time."
The Clarks, along with Tom Salazar, the restaurant's chef, dropped the Thai foods, which had been added by the Wannarachues, from the menu.
"It's simple with an emphasis on fresh," Salazar said. "We don't have a walk-in freezer, just refrigerators. So we have to shop often and make our salads, cut our lunch meats fresh every day. We also make our biscuits and gravy from scratch."
They have a different soup each day with chowder on Fridays. There are several vegetarian options on the menu and sandwiches can be ordered on gluten-free bread, buns or bagels.
O'Henry's is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week, with the exception of major holidays.
"Breakfast and lunch are served all day. I'll make you a cheeseburger at 6 a.m. if you want," Salazar said.
For those over 55 years old, there is a senior menu; there's also one for children 10 and under and one for to-go orders by calling 586-3604. The restaurant serves soft drinks, coffee, juice, milk and tea.
"We're one of the last ma and pa restaurants," Julie Clark said. "We wanted a relaxed atmosphere, to be a place for families and kids."
One of the changes made since Belair's time is you don't order at the counter. Instead, choose a table, inside or out on the patio, and someone will come to take your order.
The Clarks also have made O'Henry's a Wi-Fi hotspot.