Caddy Shack manager Sierra Thompson, owner Diane Kennedy and CFO Kevin Poole enjoy a moment on the deck between customers May 15.
RITZVILLE - The Caddy Shack is now open at the Ritzville Golf Course, serving burgers and sandwiches to those playing golf as well as guests just up to enjoy the view of the greens.
Take-out is available, as well as outside dining on the patio overlooking the course.
"We want the Caddy Shack to have a private-club feeling, but open to the public also," owner Diane Kennedy said.
Kennedy opened the doors May 8 and said she had a very busy "soft opening" over Mother's Day weekend.
Restaurant hours are currently 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with plans to expand business hours.
Featured activities and menu items will also be added once business restrictions are further lifted by Gov. Jay Inslee.
"We're open dawn to dusk," CFO Kevin Poole, said. "We don't let the dark get in the way."
Kennedy, who operated a restaurant and bar in Longview for many years, said she moved to Lind five years ago to "slow down."
She is training Sierra Thompson to manage the restaurant, and plans increase hours to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a breakfast buffet Fridays and Saturdays, all-day specials for ladies on Mondays with karaoke Monday evenings, and all-day specials for men on Wednesdays.
Her sister Patricia Kennedy, who also lives in Lind, is her business partner.
"I love the food and beverage industry, which I've been working in since I was 17," Kennedy said. "So, it's something I know very well, and golf is something I'm just learning."
She said when she was told the restaurant at the golf course was available, she jumped at the chance to apply for the license.
"We will offer a place for meetings, banquets, special events and will cater off-site and on-site. We've got a beautiful deck to sit on," Kennedy said. "I just want to encourage people to come spend a day golfing, and have dinner at the Caddy Shack and enjoy an evening of fun."
Kennedy boasts about the Philly cheese steak sandwich, which she said is authentic Jersey-style.
Kennedy also caters to those following the Keto diet, with daily specials or sandwiches made with Keto bread.
"The hamburger is really good," Matt Calverley, helping out with various tasks at the restaurant said. "It's cooked perfectly."
Plans are in place for a pro shop to open as well, featuring printed t-shirts and hats from Kennedy's other business, the Swag Shop.
The Caddy Shack menu and daily specials can be found on Facebook and the Caddy Shack website.
Katie Teachout, Editor
Katie Teachout is the editor of The Ritzville Adams County Journal. Previously, she worked as a reporter at The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, the Oroville Gazette-Tribune, Northern Kittitas County Tribune and the Methow Valley News. She is a graduate of Western Washington University.
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