When the College of Idaho Coyotes are playing, the best place in Caldwell to root for the home team is Stewart’s Bar and Grill. With a menu packed with American style cuisine, Stewart’s has great food, a great sports atmosphere and hospitality that makes you feel like you’re at home.

Like many restaurants however, the pandemic has negatively impacted the business and Stewart’s has had to make some difficult choices. “The decision to stay open, or reduce staff or, transition to take out only, has been agonizing,” says owner Tony Stewart. “In the end I really left it up to my employees on how best to serve customers while keeping everyone safe.”

Stewart’s philosophy of practicing selflessness going forward was what interested him in participating in Columbia Bank’s Pass it on Project. They were excited by the opportunity to keep paying it forward. “We are passing it on by providing free lunch to first responders like Sherriff deputies and police,” he says. “They help protect us all and they get little recognition for what they do. “With Columbia Bank picking up the tab, we are helping feed these selfless public servants.”