The Country Gentleman Restaurant and Catering is owned by longtime Tri-Citians, Steve and Shirley Simmons. The restaurant was founded in 1979 at the Highway 395 location as Wyatt’s Pancake Corral by Shirley’s parents, Chuck and Mabel Wyatt. The restaurant was remodeled in 1984 and renamed The Country Gentleman. When Shirley became a partner in 1996, she added off-premise catering, which is her passion, to the operation. Growth of the catering business was so phenomenal and that it caused the restaurant to outgrow its kitchen. In December 2006, the restaurant and catering business moved to its current location at 9221 West Clearwater, in Kennewick.
The Country Gentleman Restaurant and Catering operates under a parent company, S&S Hospitality; which is owned by Steve and Shirley Simmons. Steve and Shirley not only operate The Country Gentleman Restaurant and Catering but also operate 2 other café locations.
The main location operates under the name The Country Gentleman Restaurant and Catering. This location has a full service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner to our guests and it also operates a full service bar named “Beer Falls”. This location is also equipped with over 3,000 square feet of meeting space.
Catering is the bread and butter of our business. Catering occupies 2/3 of our business. We do both on and off site catering, meeting all the needs of our clients and guests. Our sights are endless with catering offering our clients extravagant buffets (two national awards), standard menus as well as custom menus. Our catering staff has a passion for food, creativity, and most importantly, our guests.
Our Second location is The Hawks Nest at Columbia Basin College. The Hawks Next is a quick service café offering an array of different foods, snacks and espresso. The Café is located in the HUB on the CBC campus.
Our third location is Dr. Bill’s Bistro located in the EMSL building at Pacific Northwest National Labs. This café is a quick service café offering an array of different foods, snacks and espresso.
Steve and Shirley have a strong passion for hiring a great team and taking care of that team. At Country Gentleman, we are looking for motivated people that are passionate about taking care of guests and have a passion for food, and having fun while doing it. Country Gentleman is always accepting applications for those motivated enough to succeed in the hospitality.