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Papa Ray’s

Papa Ray’s is the newest restaurant to open up in Connell and is owned by Ray & Rachel Robinson. After an extensive remodel including new and additional seating options, new paint and wall coverings, and decor, they opened in March 2019. Their menu includes pizza, burgers, appetizers, salad bar, wings, dessert pizzas, and since initially opening has added take-n-bake pizzas. The other unique service Papa Ray’s provides is a delivery option – a first to Connell residents or those who are just outside of town.  

Ray and Rachel have been in the food business for 17 years. Previous to moving to Connell, they owned Time Out Pizza in Quincy from 2003-2018.  They consider their business in Connell to be a family business as their kids work there in addition to 5 other part time employees. Opening a new business in a new town has meant long hours for them but they have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the community.

Papa Ray’s came to Connell because the Robinsons wanted to be able to own the building they were working in.  They visited Connell and loved the small town feeling, supportive community, and just so happened to find the perfect space that they were looking for in old downtown. The Robinson’s have 4 children, 2 daughters and 2 sons. Their oldest daughter is married and lives in Moses Lake but she comes to work at the restaurant in Connell, one son is on a church mission, and then they have a sophomore son and a freshman daughter who both attend Connell High School. Papa Ray’s immediately engaged in the community by becoming chamber members, sponsoring and donating to chamber events as well as several other school and community activities as well. During the recent Manton Way fire, Papa Ray’s was one of the businesses that provided pizzas for the fire fighters and first responders.   

So, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Papa Ray’s for either lunch or dinner – take the family to dine in, order for delivery or get a pizza and bake it at home.  They offer “Group Specials” that are perfect for a family or big groups – they include a pizza, sides and drinks.  Some of the Robinson’s personal pizza favorites and local favorites include the ‘Papa Ray’ and ‘The Works’. They have 24 named pizzas to choose from or you can always build your own so surely there is something for the entire family to enjoy. They even have pizza with corn (Calvinator) or pickles (Lil Ray) and also Gluten Free Pizza crust. They are located at 245 N Columbia Ave and are open Monday – Saturdays 11:00am -8:00pm or 9:00pm.

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Noble Farms

Noble Farms sits just outside of Connell to the west and is owned by Carl & Marti Noble. They have been in operation since 1974 (44 years), farming and ranching. As well as being the home base of a successful agricultural business, it is the place they have called home and raised their two daughters.

Farming is unlike a typical business office job. The American farmer works 24/7 to feed the world. When Carl & Marti were farming full time, the potato harvest payroll was up to 65 people. Even though they have stepped back from farming full time, they continue to have 2 full time employees. Noble farms grew and expanded over the course of 44 years but it all started in 1972 when Carl began custom farming in the area. The corn and hay silage that was harvested was hauled to the Andy Biorn and Herb Camp Feedlots. At the time, Carl’s machinery fleet consisted of 2 International tractors, 2 John Deere choppers and 2 Ford trucks. Marti confirmed, “those ‘antique’ trucks are still in the shed today”.

Carl graduated from University of Washington with plans to enter Law School. Those plans were interrupted by a 3 year term of service in the Army. While in Vietnam, Carl decided that he would begin farming when he returned to the states. In 1974, Carl and Marti married and purchased their present home site. Over the years, as they have made their home in Connell and in this community, they have shared their time and talents. Carl was instrumental and enjoyed helping to build the Field of Dreams and the athletic complexes that followed at Connell High School. Marti enjoyed helping in the North Franklin Schools, organizing the Ag Week Program at Connell Elementary for several years. Both Carl and Marti were members of the original Eagles Nest Board.

Marti also served on the Chamber of Commerce Board for many years and continues to remain involved. She remembers decorating tables for the annual chamber banquet when it was held at the CHS Student Center – who else might remember those years? Noble Farms has been Chamber of Commerce members for many, many years and have continued to show their support of the schools, of church, and of community projects and events. Marti stated, “We are both thankful and blessed to have built relationships, to live and raise our family, and to work that allows us to give back to this community.”