North Idaho’s timber industry is honored by The Mill, a new tavern and eatery in Riverstone. Located (fittingly) at 2360 Old Mill Loop, The Mill is in the space of the former Smokin’ Joey’s Barbecue next to Starbucks.
A display case with logging artifacts is at the pub entry, and the centerpiece bar was made from local timber. Riverstone itself is constructed on an old mill site. The place seats 41 customers inside and out, with the out to be enhanced later this summer by a glass garage door opening to the inside.
The Mill comprises a restaurant side and a Break Room with shuffleboard, darts, jukebox, soft drinks, Doma coffee and snacks, and a live entertainment area with four flat-screen TVs. The menu includes three flavors of buffalo chicken wings, chicken Caesar salad, hamburgers, chicken strips, fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, corn dogs, and 12 tap beers and wines.
Former mill worker (on the green chain) and pole-climbing contestant Stacy Rohr runs the place with 10 employees. She also has High Octane Espresso in Athol. Hours at The Mill are 4 p.m. until midnight or later Tuesday through Sunday. A grand opening will be in July. Phone (208) 667-MILL.
New owner for Down the Street(s)
Leisa Wagner came to North Idaho to visit a friend in April and has moved here in a big way. She bought and is operating the Down the Street restaurants in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls.
Located at 1613 Sherman Ave., the Coeur d’Alene store has been Down the Street for 18 years. It was built as a house in 1922 but has been the home for various restaurants since 1956 when it was Fred’s Diner. The Post Falls place is at 203 E. Seltice Way.
Down the Street offers full breakfast and lunch menus. Wagner plans to add several items of ethnic cuisine, health-conscious foods and her special pizza. The Post Falls place will add dinner on Fridays and Saturdays with its grand opening on July 24, and dinner may be added in Coeur d’Alene. Wagner hopes to have beer and wine available.
Both places hold about 80 customers and have about 20 employees. Wagner originally is from Tacoma. Hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily (Post Falls location opens at 7 a.m. Sundays).
This week’s tidbits
•With its headquarters in Coeur d’Alene, San Francisco Sourdough Eatery plans to open about 100 stores across the country in the next three years. The company opened its franchise office at 322 Sherman Ave. and is marketing primarily in Western states with developments signed for Las Vegas, San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco County and Wisconsin.
The 10-year-old company has stores in Coeur d’Alene (two), Rathdrum, Liberty Lake, Spokane, Meridian, Idaho, and Sacramento, Calif. Check www.sfsourdougheatery.com.
•Ironman certainly dominated and thrilled the Coeur d’Alene area last week. The event created a great deal of publicity and generated plenty of revenue for the area.
•Watch for the physical downsizing of the Coeur d’Alene Press in July. Of course, I can’t confirm this is happening since I write for the competition, which downsized its own product last month. But I have spies.