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Savory Restaurant closed

Savory Restaurant and Lounge owners announced they were closing with a Facebook posting for customers on Saturday.

The restaurant, 1314 S. Grand Blvd., opened two years ago after extensive remodeling of the former Blockbuster video store. Saturday night’s dinner was the last meal served there.

Owner Mike Schneider, of Spokane Restaurant Equipment, said he was thankful to everyone who supported the restaurant over the past two years and that he felt terrible about closing Savory, when reached by phone on Monday.

“It was beautiful. I just fell in love with what we did there,” he said. “It wasn’t profitable. Blame tough economic conditions; we just had to do it,” he said.

He declined to go into further detail about the reasons Savory closed.

The restaurant fixtures and equipment are for sale with an assumable lease at that location.

Spokane Santorini’s sold, closed

The Santorini's Greek Cuisine in downtown Spokane is closed.

Reached by phone, owner Sally Tsakarestos would only say that they sold the restaurant, 112 N. Howard St. She would not reveal who purchased it, but said the new owners will not run it as a Greek restaurant. She said the new owners will make an announcement about their plans soon.

Pete and Sally Tsakarestos opened Santorini's in 2008. They are not opening another Greek restaurant anytime soon, Sally Tsakarestos said.

Santorini's in Coeur d'Alene, 4055 N. Government Way, is owned by Tsakarestos' in laws and it is not affected by the sale of the Spokane restaurant.

I'll post an update on the new restaurant planned for that location as soon as I get more information.

Beignets closing

Beignets is closing.

The new downtown restaurant and creperie didn't make it three months. Owner Judie Sowards opened the restaurant with her son Ryan in mid-July. It is at 121 N. Wall St.

They said the business was done in by a group of people loitering across the street from the restaurant. The group - sometimes more than 100 people strong - are obnoxious, block the sidewalk, beg and are just a general nuisance.

“They have been right across the street from me and literally for the last month they have been chanting, making horrible gestures and noises and just hurting the business horribly,” Sowards said. “We’ve had so many customers say that if this continues they weren’t going to be back and they meant it. Our business has gone down 75 percent.”

Sowards said she had to take out a loan two weeks ago to make payroll because business dropped so dramatically in the past three weeks.

She said they tried working with police and the city to chase off the group, but it was too little, too late. Other businesses on the block are struggling for the same reason, Sowards said. The group used to hang out near the STA bus plaza in the smoking area, but were displaced by the construction and new non-smoking policy there.

“Those kids need a place too and I understand that. We are not against the kids we are against them wrecking our quiet atmosphere that our customers had wanted to have… We were trying to hold out until the weather got colder.”

Police and security officers increased patrols recently, so the group was not quite as loud, Sowards said. “But their presence and their gestures are not pleasant. People don’t want to walk through them. They beg. They were coming by to my tables asking for food and drink and that is just not right.”

Sowards said they just couldn't wait any longer. “We ran out of money… I had plenty of money in reserve and we’ve had to spend it because literally in the last three weeks (business) has gone down to less than a third of what we were getting.”

“We are now having to let 34 kids go to unemployment that want to work because of the 106 kids across the street that don’t want to work and that is really sad. My kids wanted a job and I have to let them know now because I can’t afford to pay them.”

Beignets will be open today from 11 a.m. to close and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to close so they can sell out the food in their coolers and freezers.

Look for a more in-depth story on the problems with the group hanging out by Beignets and along Wall Street in tomorrow's newspaper.

Moxie is closed

Moxie is closed.

The sign in the window of the restaurant announced the closure on June 6. It says chef/owner Ian Wingate is closing the eight-year-old downtown Spokane restaurant due to personal health issues. (A previous incarnation of the Asian fuision restaurant opened in Liberty Lake starting in 1998.)

I was unable to reach Wingate in a quick round of phone calls this morning.

No word on his partnership with Agave Latin Bistro owner Sergio De Leon.

I hope that Wingate's health issues are not serious and he's back in the Spokane restaurant scene soon.

One World Spokane closing

One World Spokane is closing.

The progressive cafe that allows diners to pay what they can for local, organic fare will close its doors Saturday, according to an email message from owners Janice and Keith Raschko.

The couple brought the One World concept to Spokane almost four years ago, with the dream of access to organic, sustainable, local foods for everyone, no matter what they could afford to pay. They allowed people to volunteer hours instead of paying cash and let diners choose their portions and price.

One World volunteers grew a community garden. They worked hard to be a zero-waste restaurant. They invited local chefs to cook and hosted local music acts.

Despite it all, they struggled. They simply needed more diners coming through the doors to make the restaurant work.

The Rashkos said in their note to customers they always intended to bring the movement to Spokane and hoped to someday turn it over to the community. Now, they say they have taken things as far as they can go and will close the cafe, 1804 E. Sprague Ave., after lunch on Saturday.

The chef from the One World restaurant in Salt Lake City is here cooking for the final week. Just as he came to cook the week the restaurant opened. One World will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

It may not be the end of One World in Spokane. The Raschkos say they are working with some young people who have vision, ambition and enthusiasm. They may be giving One World a new home. The promised to share that information once it is confirmed.

Until then, One World information can be found on their website or Facebook page.

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