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Mike Easton and Jim German's Walla Walla Project Planning August Launch

It's been a year in the making


Next month should mark the opening of a much-anticipated Walla Walla project called Passatempo. Last year, Eater announced the forthcoming collaboration between pasta expert Mike Easton, chef and owner of Il Corvo, and Jim German, whose beloved Jimgermanbar in Waitsburg closed last year.

Now comes word that the team is targeting a mid- to late-August opening for the project that includes Passatempo Taverna and a tasting room for The Walls Vineyards. It's located at 215 W Main Street in downtown Walla Walla, replacing the historic Pastime Cafe.

Jim German will act as the general manager and Mike Easton is consulting on the kitchen design and restaurant menu, and will have an ongoing role once the project is open. The team is closing in on naming a chef to lead the kitchen.

There isn't a menu available just yet, but expect the restaurant to serve Italian food with a focus on pasta. Naturally, there will be both cocktails and wine available, and the restaurant will be open for lunch, dinner, and late-night dining, with indoor and seasonal outdoor seating.

Look for another update as more information on the exact opening date and menu becomes available.