Among the questions I'm frequently asked by visiting Eastern Washingtonians during the legislative session: "Where can we get something to eat?" (It's comes in third, after "Is parking always this hard to find?" and the inevitable "Do you have a bathroom?")
Until now, the nearby prospects have been bleak. The Prichard library building housed a cafeteria-type operation for the past few years, but that closed this summer, after the operator concluded that she couldn't turn a profit in the off-session.
Now, good news: students and instructors from South Puget Sound Community College are taking over the operation.
According to the state's landlord agency, the Department of General Administration, the college's baking and pastry program students will serve food with a "focus on the use of fresh products from local vendors."
That sounds promising, particularly given the cafeteria's culinary track record.
The students and staff hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, but will open for operations in the first week of January. The session starts the second week.