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MacKenzie River Pizza coming to a new location on North Nevada

The Montana restaurant company that will bring a Ciao Mambo eatery to downtown plans to build its first Eastern Washington MacKenzie River Pizza Co. store in north Spokane next year.

Glacier Restaurant Group said it will lease a 5,800-square-foot restaurant to go in the corner of N. Nevada Street and E. Jay Avenue. The owner of the site is Spokane Pavilion LLC.

The state of Montana, so far, is home to a dozen MacKenzie River Pizza locations; Coeur d’Alene has one.

The north Spokane pizza restaurant will open in May or June 2011 and is expected to bring in over 70 jobs to the Spokane area, according to Cory Barbieri of Goodale and Barbieri Co., who handled the transaction for Glacier and Spokane Pavilion LLC. The new building will cost about $1.1 million, with Lone Wolf Construction, of Montana, as general contractor.

The photo above is of the Kalispel pizza place.

The Nevada Street corridor was chosen by Glacier because it has the appeal of north Spokane access along with the “added bonus of being located in an up-and-coming retail center,” said Brad Ridgeway, COO of Glacier Restaurant Group.

“This site allows us to reap the visibility benefits while avoiding the clutter of the competition,” he also said.

The pizza menu at MacKenzie is considered by pizza afficiondos well above-average in quality and choice. Here's the link to the online pizza menu.

Befitting a company based in Whitefish, the restaurant decor for the MacKenzies is described as  e casual and rustic.




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