If all goes as planned, Kootenai Cafe will open this week at 206 N. Fourth St. in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The renovated place was formerly the Fourth Street Pantry.
Manager Michael Hanes primarily will offer the same full breakfast and lunch menu as the Pantry, along with specials including the Monte Cristo and the deli-style Reuben sandwiches. The major difference is that Kootenai Cafe will not be open 24 hours; instead, opening at 5 a.m. and closing mid-afternoon.
“The concept is to continue as the Pantry had before as an affordable community restaurant,” Hanes said. “We’re looking forward to seeing the familiar guests who enjoyed the Pantry during the winter months. We may be able to extend to 24 hours.”
Additional seating boosts the capacity to 42 customers. Hanes will have about 10 employees, including several who were with the Pantry.
The White House offers events venue
The history is almost as fascinating as the place.
The White House at 805 Sherman Ave. celebrated its Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting Wednesday as an events center for gatherings such as weddings and private and corporate parties. It also is used for church services.
The 6,000-square-foot, three-story place on about half a city block was built in 1904 by J.C. White, who owned the Red Collar Steamboat Line that connected all corners of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the St. Joe River. Dorothy Dahlgren of the Museum of North Idaho said another steamboat official and his wife, Phillip and Deborah McManam, bought it in 1924, and their daughter Mary Bjorklund lived there until she died in the early 1990s. It is now owned by Marsha Bowlin.
The huge party rooms on the first and second floors include wooden pillars and beams, leaded and beveled glass windows, chandeliers and a winding staircase. Other amenities are a wraparound porch, an extensive lawn with giant old trees and a carriage house suitable for a groom’s gathering, while the bridal room is on the third floor. Parking is on the adjoining property. The place can accommodate 200 people inside and 400 outside and is handicapped-accessible.
Shawny Normington is event coordinator, and Tim Mitchell of Mangia Catering handles sales and catering. An open house is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. today. Call (208) 765-3958.
Tara B’s sells jewelry, salon services
A fashion jewelry store in the front and a beauty salon in the back are at Tara B’s Fashion Jewelry & Accessories and The Salon at Tara B’s. This combination is in the former Crosby Floral location in Suite E (next to Staples and east of Albertsons) of Ironwood Square between Government Way and Highway 95.
Opening last week, owner David Tonning (with wife Darlene) describes the jewelry store as “like a factory outlet with selections from all over the world and prices 30 to 50 percent off normal retail.” Included are earrings, bracelets, watches, necklaces, scarves, shawls and body jewelry.
Originally from Spokane, the Tonnings came to Hayden after 25 years in Montana. They also are wholesale jewelry distributors to stores in a 10-state region.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 to 5 Saturdays. Call (208) 762-5910. Cosmetologist Barbara Roos runs the beauty salon, with more beauticians to be added. Call (208) 651-3314.
• Cheap Cars and Trucks has moved from 6640 Government Way to 2307 N. Fourth St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call (208) 772-9977.
• Evidently the owner has other plans for the building and City Perc Cafe at 108 N. Fourth St. will close at the end of September.
• The rumor is wrong. Starbucks will not be closing in Ironwood Square. But watch for a new Greek eatery in the complex.
• Priano’s Billiards & Backyards opens Monday in its new location at 318 Haycraft Ave., between Fred’s Appliance and Mountain Comfort Furniture. Call (208) 292-4126.