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Waterfront dining coming to Kennewick’s Columbia Park

Clubhouse demolition at Columbia Park Golf Links

Demolition has started on the long-standing clubhouse at Columbia Park Golf Links in Kennewick. The A-frame building, built in 1948, is being town down and a new clubhouse is scheduled to open this spring.
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Demolition has started on the long-standing clubhouse at Columbia Park Golf Links in Kennewick. The A-frame building, built in 1948, is being town down and a new clubhouse is scheduled to open this spring.

CG Public House and Catering is coming to Kennewick’s Columbia Park.

Bite at the Landing will open in late September at Columbia River Landing. It is leasing space in the 2,600-square-foot building completed at the Columbia Park Golf Tri-Plex by the city of Kennewick in June.

CG Public House announced the move Tuesday on Facebook.

Owner Steve Simmons said the business has a 16-month agreement to use the restaurant space and kitchen. The agreement includes options to extend beyond the original terms.

Bite at the Landing is still a work in progress, but is being designed to cater both to golfers and park visitors. Over time, Simmons hopes to develop an audience of diners willing to go out of their way for a great location.

The city preserved the “million dollar” views by blocking off parking between the deck and the river.

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Steve, Shirley and Kyle Simmons operate CG Public House and Catering. Courtesy photo

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m, but could vary depending on the season.

It will serve lunch as well as light evening fare, including appetizers and small plates.

It could expand to offer full dinner service as business builds, Simmons said. Bite at the Landing will also host private events such as holiday parties with space for up to 120.

$1.1 million clubhouse

The city demolished the old golf course clubhouse last year. In its place, it built a $1.1 million clubhouse it hopes will attract business to the 18-hole golf course and answer demand for food service in the park.

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CG Public House will open a new restaurant at Columbia River Landing at Kennewick’s Columbia Park Golf Tri-Plex in late September. Courtesy City of Kennewick

The new clubhouse boasts space for the golf course operator, a full-service kitchen, a dining room and a 1,200-square-foot patio overlooking the river.

Steve and Shirley Simmons, the 2017 Tri-Citians of the Year, are no strangers to public-private partnerships.

CG Public House provides food and beverage service at Pasco’s TRAC and the Pendleton Convention Center. It is the caterer to the premium seating areas of WSU’s Martin Stadium during football games.

CG Public House, formerly Country Gentleman, has served diners at 9221 W. Clearwater Ave. since 2006.

Wendy Culverwell writes about local government and politics, focusing on how those decisions affect your life. She also covers key business and economic development changes that shape our community. Her restaurant column and health inspection reports are reader favorites. She’s been a news reporter in Washington and Oregon for 25 years.
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