Wednesday, July 05, 2000

Tristate Business Summary

Rookwood center holding job fair

        Job seekers looking to work at Rookwood Commons should attend a job fair at the Four Points Sheraton, 8020 Montgomery Road, in Kenwood on Saturday.

        The fair will provide workers for 44 stores or restaurants at the 325,000-square-foot outdoor shopping center in Norwood near Madison and Edwards roads.

Former ad exec at Yellowstone
        Bill LaWarre, formerchairman of the Northlich Stolley LaWarre advertising agency in Cincinnati, has been named board chairman of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Mr. LaWarre owns a home just north of Yellowstone in Montana, and has been a board member since 1998.

        Northlich Stolley LaWarre is now called Northlich.

Kahiki eatery sold to Walgreens
        A landmark Polynesian restaurant in downtown Columbus that originated a brand of nationally sold frozen foods will be torn down for a Walgreens.

        The owner of the Kahiki Supper Club, which in its heyday in the 1960s and '70s played party house to celebrities, said he sold the restaurant to the drugstore chain.

        Michael Tsao said the restaurant, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, will close in August.

        Mr. Tsao intends to save all of the Polynesian decorations and memorabilia collected during the restaurant's 40-year run because he hopes to reopen at another downtown location.

        The 110 Kahiki employees in the restaurant and with Kahiki Foods Inc. will move to a new 23,000-square-foot commissary, Mr. Tsao said.

Ohio apple crop in jeopardy
        This year's northern Ohio apple crop is in jeopardy because a bacterial infection that thrives in damp conditions is destroying orchards, farmers said.

        The infection, known as fire blight, turns leaves brown, gives the tree the appearance that its limbs have been torched, and it can make ripe apples look like shriveled grapes.

        Dick Funt, fruit specialist with Ohio State University, said fire blight is likely the biggest threat to Ohio orchard owners, claiming twice as much crop as hail.

        There's no cure and no certain preventive measure. Growers often try to cut off infected branches and burn them.

        But there's a risk that pruning shears will carry the infection from tree to tree.

        Fire blight, however, is unlikely to affect prices that consumers pay. A large carryover from last year and imports of juice from China are expected to keep prices stable.

        — From staff and wire reports


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