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Q&A: A reason to toast

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Karen and Kelly Keller share a toast at Bin 239 in Prescott.

The Daily Courier/Jason Soifer<p> Karen and Kelly Keller share a toast at Bin 239 in Prescott.

Q & A with Karen Keller, co-owner of Bin 239, 239 N. Marina St, 445-3855. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

How many employees do you have?

"We have about 15 (employees)."

When did you open?

"We opened on June 21, 2005."

What service do you provide in the community?

"We take great pride in our food quality and we would only like that surpassed by our service.

"We have over 100 wines. Every wine is available in 2-1/2-ounce taste (glasses), 5-ounce glasses or by the bottle. Our wines are hand-selected by my husband, Kelly Keller. They are not wines you find in a liquor store or supermarket. It's a real treat to come in here and experience something you have not tasted before."

Why did you open the restaurant?

"We love Prescott. My folks retired up here 25 years ago. After our last child left for college, we thought that the timing was perfect.

"Prescott is attracting people from all over who have a taste for good wine and food. They are really appreciative of a little pub like this."

How is your restaurant different from others?

"We try to make it more of the European experience. You come here to relax. We want it so that people can come in, sit on the couch and enjoy the fireplace. I think we have succeeded in capturing that.

"Everything is made here. The only things we buy are the ingredients."

Does the restaurant name mean anything?

"Bin is a storage unit and 239 is our street address."

What is your key to business success?

"I feel that we have a good product and good service. We are hands-on owners and managers. We're becoming a destination restaurant. We have great support from within the community."

What is your biggest business challenge?

"Keeping it fresh and continually changing so we attract the community to come back again. We don't want to become stale."

Do you work with local charities?

"I do try to give to most non-profit organizations. If I believe in the cause, I'll go ahead and write them a gift certificate.

"I think that charity starts at home and taking care of our employees is very important to us."

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