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What’s keeping a new Shenanigans from opening in downtown Spokane?

The company that closed C.I. Shenanigans said it wants to reopen in Spokane but is having trouble finding the right spot.

RAM International CEO Jeff Iverson said Spokane’s been a good market for Shenanigans, which operated for 32 years near the Spokane River just north of the Spokane Convention Center. The restaurant closed abruptly on Oct. 13.

Iverson knew this was the final year for Shenanigans at the spot it's had, north of the Spokane Convention Center next to the Spokane River.

Spokane's Public Facilities District bought the restaurant property in 2010. It now plans to demolish the resaturant this coming spring to expand the convention center.

PFD CEO Kevin Twohig said RAM was told its property lease would not be renewed beyond early 2013.

RAM, based in Lynnwood, Wash., never gave Twohig advance notice it was closing, Twohig said.

He said he assumed the eatery would stay open through December.

Iverson said he never told his employees it would remain open that long.

He also said the company is finding that another downtown location may not make sense.

Downtown Spokane now is “a bit saturated” with eateries competing for diners, he said. Also, the popularity of neighborhood food places further takes away some of the appeal of downtown dining, he said.

“We haven’t found anything” that meets the criteria the company has for an alternate location, Iverson said.

Iverson acknowledged the closure led to “a lot of emotions” directed at his company. He also said he is not willing to rehash the series of events that led to the closure.

“What I can say is we always try to do the best thing we can for our company and our people,” Iverson said.

Will Walt Worthy’s big new headquarter hotel line up with Marriott or Hilton?

This week's big announcement about plans by Walt and Karen Worthy included the likelihood that the new building will be co-branded with a national hotel chain.

We asked again today (Friday) if the Worthys have already narrowed down the choices to one or two major U.S. brands.

The answer: They're talking now to Marriott. But Hilton is also in the picture.

As of Friday, no solid terms or agreements have been set. 

Worthys’ project would be more than twice the size of Davenport Hotel

Today's big local business story was the announcement by Walt and Karen Worthy that they're about to begin a plan to build a large headquarter hotel near the Spokane Convention Center.

They acknowledged that the plan is for a very big hotel. About 550,000 square feet. Plus another 300,000 square feet for a garage adjoining the hotel.

By comparison, the historic Davenport Hotel is roughly 250,000 square feet. That takes up a whole block.

So imagine a city block twice as big, that's about the size of the new hotel the Worthys say they're going to start.

Groundbreaking would be the first quarter of 2013. It would likely not be ready until mid to late 2014, according to today's press conference  held downtown.

AARP’s Get Connected event for seniors gives online tips on social networking

Presentations by Microsoft and a well-known how-to author are part of a Dec. 1 session in Spokane on how seniors can use the Web more safely and explore social networking.

Washington state AARP and Microsoft Corp. are hosting the Get Connected session that runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at  the Spokane Convention Center.
 
The free event requires registration, and space is limited.
 
Gary Moulton, a Microsoft specialist in online access, and Marsha Collier, author of several books including “Facebook and Twitter for Seniors for Dummies,”  will also be on the program.
 
To register or get more information, go to http://aarp.us/vWRqQQ or call toll-free 1-877-926-8300. 
 
This is the second such event hosted by Microsoft with the AARP. The first one, earlier this year in Redmond, sold out.

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