Cd'A restaurateur opening new venue
Fotini Tsakarestos, whose sons, Jim and Peter, own Santorini's Greek Cuisine, at 112 N. Howard, in the Parkade Plaza in downtown Spokane, says she plans to open a restaurant by the same name in Coeur d'Alene.
Tsakarestos says the space she has leased there, at 4055 N. Government Way, currently is being remodeled, and she expects to open the restaurant there by early next month.
She formerly owned Olympia Restaurant, at 301 E. Lakeside, in Coeur d'Alene, and retired two years ago, but says she'll come out of retirement to manage the new restaurant."I didn't like staying at home. I love to serve the people," she says.
She says she doesn't know yet how many people the new restaurant will employ, but it will have seating for 44 customers. She says the restaurant will have a broader menu than the Spokane Santorini's. She plans to be open Monday through Saturday for lunch, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings for dinner.
Tobacco, Beer & More owners add outlet in Spokane Valley
Jeff and Jeannette Toole have opened a store called Tobacco, Beer & More in a strip mall at 5004 E. Sprague, in Spokane Valley. This is the second store they've opened in less than a year. The other outlet is at Francis and Market, on Spokane's North Side.
The Tooles have four employees at their two locations
"We sell everything from cigarettes, fine cigars, pipe tobacco, and roll-your-own, to beer, microbrews, wine, and mixers," Jeannette Toole says. "We've got a really good, large selection in the Valley. We welcome special orders and special requests."
The Tobacco, Beer & More store on East Sprague features a walk-in humidor, which is a special cigar storage area with climate control to keep cigars fresh.
Before opening Tobacco, Beer & More, Jeff Toole spent 15 years traveling as a sales representative for U.S. Smokeless Tobacco and Prime Time International. Jeannette Toole worked here in accounting for 20 years.
Couple opens coffee shop, card-operated laundry on Nevada
Two new businesses owned by the same couple have opened at 6704 N. Nevada.
Don and JoAnn Mattson, of Spokane, have started Revive Coffee and The Laundry Room in adjacent spaces in a new building there. Their son, Rick, formerly in sales, is managing both businesses. The Mattsons also own Mountain Crest Enterprises Inc., of Mead, an excavation company.
Revive Coffee is an independent coffee shop with two full-time and eight part-time employees. It offers both drive-through service and indoor seating. The shop serves coffee from Caffe' D'arte, of Seattle, as well as pastries, sandwiches, and salads, and plans to add soups this fall.
The Laundry Room next door is a card-operated Laundromat with 22 washers and 18 dryers. An attendant is on-duty during all hours of operation.
"People don't need to bring in quarters every time they do laundry," Rick Mattson says. "They can load their card using a debit or credit card, then use it to start the machines."
The Laundry Room also provides drop-off service. Employees will wash, dry and fold laundry within an eight-hour turnaround time, at $1.25 per pound. The Mattsons plan to add drop-off dry cleaning soon.
Washington Window to move its Valley showroom, warehouse
Washington Window & Door, based in Redmond, Wash., plans to move its Spokane Valley showroom and warehouse operations to new locations here in September.
The company has leased space for a showroom at 12209 E. Mission and has leased warehouse space at Spokane Business & Industrial Park, says Steve Taylor, its Spokane branch manager. Washington Window is the authorized distributor here for Dubuque, Iowa-based Eagle Windows & Doors' aluminum-clad wood windows and doors. It sells, installs, and services the products in Eastern Washington and North Idaho in both the commercial and residential markets, he says.
Taylor says that the move will allow Washington Window & Door to have a bigger showroom here. It has been housed in 2,000 square feet of converted office space at 11115 E. Montgomery. He says the company is growing here and recently added a second salesperson and an office manager to its staff. The company now employs six people here, up from three employees last year, Taylor says.
Taylor says the company currently is having some tenant improvements, such as new lighting, carpeting, and paint, done by subcontractors at its showroom, and it hopes to occupy the space, which is at the corner of Pines and Mission, by the end of September. He says he hopes to have moved into the warehouse around the same time.
Dean Stuart, SBIP's director of marketing, handled the warehouse lease. Washington Window negotiated its showroom lease with James Wolff, who owns the building at Pines and Mission, Taylor says.
Couple to launch Hale's Bar & Grill near courthouse
Chris and Cynthia Hale, of Spokane, say they plan to open a restaurant and tavern named Hale's Bar & Grill in a 2,400-square-foot building they will lease here, at 1011 W. Broadway, near the Spokane County Courthouse.
Chris Hale says he will run the day-to-day operations at the bar, and expects to employ seven people there full time. Hale's will offer lunch and dinner for dine-in or carryout customers, and will have seating for between 90 and 100 people. In addition, it will have a full bar, pool tables, and dartboards, Hale says.
Hale says he plans to focus on healthier fare for lunches, to appeal to businesspeople working nearby.
Spokane-based commercial real estate company MG Lands recently bought the building and is completely renovating its interior in anticipation of the bar's October opening, Hale says. MG Lands' Mark Baier says the company has subcontracted out the remodeling work, including installing new plumbing and wiring, and completely remodeling the bathrooms. The building previously had been occupied by Parker's Bar & Grill.
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