Harwoods will reopen as Oliver’s in downtown Camas

Happy hour and dinner start Thursday

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Two chefs who recently served gourmet meals at Shelby’s in Washougal will soon be doing the same in downtown Camas.

Morris Fenton and Gwyn Manney will provide an assortment of culinary selections at Oliver’s — former site of Harwoods. The restaurant, owned by Dan Harmic and Chuck Woods, opened Jan. 5 and closed on May 7. Harmic left the business for personal reasons, according to Karen Hall.

She and her husband Tom Hall own the Camas Hotel, as well as the 1,200 square foot restaurant space at 401 N.E. Fourth Ave.

“Tom and I were a little bit hesitant to step into the restaurant business at first,” Karen Hall said. “However, when Morris came into the picture — with his extraordinary talents and experience — we all got very excited. We believe he will provide just what Camas needs in terms of an upscale restaurant with great food and drink and a warm atmosphere.”

Fenton and Manney have worked together for seven years, for the Hilton Restaurant Group, Vesta Restaurant, in Vancouver; and the View Point Inn, in Corbett, Ore. They have been written about in the New York Times and Sunset and Gourmet magazines, and they have appeared on CBS-TV.

Ben Edel will serve as the bartender at Oliver’s, which will open Thursday, at 4 p.m., for happy hour and dinner. Selections will include crab cake appetizers, a lamb sirloin entree and chocolate pot de creme.

The restaurant will initially be open Wednesday through Sunday. On Father’s Day, a two-course menu will be served for $40 per person, from noon to 8 p.m.

Lunch service is expected to begin next week.

“The main reason for changing the name is because we want people to know that we have new chefs and staff, and it is being overhauled based on customer feedback from the initial start up as Harwoods,” Karen Hall said.

For more information, call Oliver’s at 210-4037 or visit