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After 16 Years The Spaghetti Establishment Owners Are Retiring Soon

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- For many Tri-Cities families the Spaghetti Establishment in Kennewick has been a tradition for years, but recent reports said it was closing.

The Spaghetti Establishment has been open since 1974 and pretty soon a new owner will be carrying on it's nostalgia.

Dick Nordness and his wife Carlene have owned the Italian restaurant for the last 16 years. Now they are ready to become full time grandparents and travel the world.

"We have two kids and grandkids. Our daughter lives in Europe and our son lives in Costa Rica," said Nordness.
They've been trying to sell their restaurant for over a year but they want it to continue running just like it is.

"The interesting thing about the restaurant is that were seeing a second generation  bringing their kids here and they were brought here as kids and now we see them bringing their kids here," said Nordness.

Recently they've had two very interested buyers and next week the owner says they may have a deal, that means the train is not going away, or the old cash register.

"It's actually 104 years old and you can tell from how old it is because there is a button on here that says beer five cents so it's been a while since you could buy a beer for five cents," said Nordness.

Over the years regulars have enjoyed the athletic scale, the highly in demand seating in the red chair section and the old fashioned music player.

"It's something that we've had in the restaurant ever since it got started in 1974," said Nordness.

In December the owner plan on doing a customer appreciation campaign before they retire.