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East Oregonian
Saturday, January 6, 2018
MARIER: Sitz plans to retire soon himself
Continued from 1A
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Chef Diwash Neupane checks on some tandoori chicken cooking in a traditional
Indian tandoor oven Friday at Indian Kitchen and Steakhouse in Hermiston.
BUFFET: Will do some painting
and minor changes to the restaurant
Continued from 1A
been asking. People wanted
healthy food in town,” he
said. Bhatia and his wife also
own the Eastside Market in
Hermiston and the Irrigon
Bhatia said he and his
family first discussed the
idea about three months ago,
and moved quickly when
an opportunity arose to buy
He admitted that Indian
food and a steakhouse are an
uncommon mix, but said it
came down to an opportunity.
“It was a space in town
we could get into, and it was
a good location,” he said. “I
know it’s a different type of
combination, but hopefully it
will work out.”
Though there will still
be steaks and traditional
American fare available,
Bhatia said there will be a
heavy focus on introducing
customers to different types
of Indian food — both vege-
tarian and non-vegetarian.
He said so far, the recep-
tion has been positive on
social media and in person.
“People wanted to try
new stuff,” he said, referring
to the recent growth of food
options in Hermiston. “They
wanted to try Chinese, Thai,
Japanese — and Indian, too.”
He said so far, the most
popular dishes have been
Tandoori chicken, lamb
curry, and spinach pakora —
spinach dipped in batter and
Customers at lunch on
Friday were eager to try the
food — some for the first
“Growing up here, all we
had was Chinese, pizza and
Mexican food,” said Dan
Schulz, who visited the lunch
buffet with his friends. “This
is a great addition.”
Schulz had never tried
Indian food prior to Friday,
but loaded up his plate
anyway with things he
thought looked good. Later,
he was spotted going back
for seconds.
Hermiston residents Mo
Aguilar and Otey Muniz
said it had been more than
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
The new Indian Kitchen and Steakhouse is a family affair
run by Gaurav Bhatia, wife Rosy Sidhu, father Suresh
Bhatia and cousin Raman Singh Malhi in Hermiston.
college student, he studied
chemical engineering at
Manhattan College, then
got accepted to medical
school at New York Univer-
sity where tuition cost him
$2,400 annually.
He dove into his chosen
profession with gusto and
good humor. Sitz describes
Marier as his highly intel-
ligent and hyperkinetic
“There was never a dull
moment,” Sitz said. “I’ll
miss having Dan to bounce
ideas off of.”
of change during his
Pendleton career. In early
years, access to specialists
such as cardiologists was
limited unless one drove to
Portland, so local physicians
performed treadmill tests,
echocardiograms and other
noninvasive tests. Hospi-
talists didn’t exist yet, so
doctors admitted patients to
the hospital and did rounds.
patients,” he said. “We’d go
see patients in the morning
before office hours and after
office hours and sometimes
at noon.”
Marier found certain
developments frustrating.
One was a federal push in the
last decade for doctors to use
electronic medical records
to track their patients. He
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
a decade since they’d eaten
Indian food, but they were
excited to have the option in
“As of lately, I’ve seen
more variety,” Muniz said.
“Especially with this place
and the Hibachi place — I
think people want more.”
The restaurant’s chef is
from Oklahoma, but many
of the servers and chefs
cooking American food are
staff from the original Stock-
man’s restaurant. The owners
of the former restaurant,
Chuck and Karen Fontaine,
were also there, helping out
and spending time at the
Bhatia and his family live
in the Tri-Cities, and moved
to the area about two years
ago from Bellingham, Wash-
He said they get supplies
from a restaurant depot in
Portland, an Indian store in
Auburn, Washington, and
from Cash and Carry.
Bhatia said they will do
some painting and minor
changes, but their focus will
be on the food. Sidhu was
busy restocking clean glasses
and plates, and taking fresh
naan to people as they ate.
She said the buffet, which
is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will
feature different dishes every
The buffet will include
dishes from north and south
India, she said. They will
also add Indian dishes to the
“Business has been pretty
steady,” she said. “We’re
glad people are liking it.”
The restaurant is open
from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on
weekdays, and until 10 p.m.
on weekends. The buffet
starts at 11 a.m.
single payer system and tort
reform to heal our hobbled
health care system. Health
care, he mused, is unlike
any other commodity.
“Market forces don’t
apply to medicine the way
they do to the auto industry,”
Marier said. “When you
walk into a dealership and
you don’t like the deal, you
walk out. When you walk
into an ER, you don’t get to
say, ‘Well, I’ll think about it
Marier worries about
the nation’s worsening
shortage of primary care
physicians. His partner,
already stretched, can’t take
on Marier’s patients. It gets
worse. Sitz plans to retire
soon himself.
“I’m going to retire at
the end of June,” Sitz said.
“There’s going to be a lot
of people trying to find
Marier doesn’t miss the
irony of he and Sitz having
to doctor shop.
“Norm and I wonder
who’s going to take care of
us,” Marier said.
Marier’s list of retire-
ment goals includes playing
more guitar, singing with
the Pendleton Men’s Chorus
and traveling with his wife,
Contact Kathy Aney at
or 941-966-0810.
BOUNDS: Letters of support were sent to
Merkley and Wyden from 15 Oregon senators
Continued from 1A
Rosy Sidhu, right, offers customers fresh baked nan,
Indian flatbread, on Friday at the Indian Kitchen and
Steakhouse in Hermiston.
found the software clunky,
complex, time-consuming
and distracting. In the exam
room, Marier found himself
gazing at the computer
screen typing information
into a database and missing
non-verbal clues from his
patients. Finally, both he and
Sitz opted to hire scribes so
they could concentrate on
patients. Eventually, Marier
said, “I reverted back to
what I was doing 30 years
ago. I had a pen, a pad and
a dictaphone.”
he said, was doctors’
decreasing clout with insur-
ance companies. In order
to have negotiating power,
physicians are selling their
practices to health care
companies. Marier and Sitz
did that three years ago
when they sold to the Praxis
Medical Group.
He also commented on
the rising cost of medication
such as the price of an
EpiPen for allergic attacks,
which surged 535 percent
from 2007 to 2014. Marier
finds this type of spike ethi-
cally troublesome.
“The cost of meds has
gone through the ceiling —
it’s insane,” Marier said. “I
think it’s immoral.”
America doesn’t seem
destined to return to the days
of Marcus Welby anytime
believes the country needs a
Democrats, because they
said Bounds had not gone
review process. Senators
have the ability to withhold
“blue slips,” a Senate rule
that essentially allows the
minority party veto power
over judicial nominees.
If his nomination is
approved this time around,
Bounds would require
a confirmation hearing
from the Senate Judiciary
Committee before joining
the Circuit Court.
Merkley and Wyden
didn’t dispute Bounds’
credentials, however, and
he has support from Rep.
Greg Walden and attorney
associations down to local
Walden, a Republican,
wrote in September that
Bounds would represent a
conservative, rurally-rooted
voice on the court which
holds great power on
federal decisions in the
Letters of support were
sent to Merkley and Wyden
from 15 Oregon senators
including Bill Hansell, the
Oregon Criminal Defense
Bar, the Oregon Wheat
Growers League and both
Hermiston Mayor Dave
Drotzmann and Pendleton
Mayor John Turner.
Bounds has been a
federal prosecutor for the
District of Columbia, an
assistant to the President
on domestic policy and a
deputy assistant attorney
general in the U.S. Depart-
ment of Justice’s Office of
Legal Policy.
Earlier in his career
Bounds was a law clerk
for O’Scannlain, one of the
most conservative judges
on the 29-member Ninth
Circuit court. Bounds has
a B.A. in psychology and
political science from Stan-
ford University and a J.D.
from Yale Law School.
Oregon has traditionally
had two seats on the circuit
court, which is directly
beneath the U.S. Supreme
Court. It guides federal law
in nine Western states.
Walden secretly settled disabled vet’s complaint
Records show Oregon
Walden paid $7,000 in a
secret settlement with a
staff member to resolve
the man’s complaints that
Walden unfairly cut his
hours because of health-re-
lated problems.
The Oregonian/Oregon-
Live reported Thursday
that Walden of Hood River
settled with Cody Standi-
ford in 2013.
the newspaper with the
settlement and complaint
Walden said in a state-
ment to KTVZ he has never
discriminated against an
employee, and the case was
settled to avoid expensive
working for Walden in
2010 after being discharged
from the Army because of
an improvised explosive
device in Iraq.
Standiford’s complaint
says he worked as a veteran
outreach coordinator but a
promotion was rescinded
after he missed two weeks
of work for chest pains.
He said Thursday that
he broke the settlement’s
nondisclosure agreement
not to disparage Walden
but to shed light on the fact
that members of Congress
spend taxpayer funds on
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