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Pizza, Greek delights coming soon to Ironwood

Sun., Aug. 8, 2010

Greek Street Pizza and More, a new option in ethnic fast foods for the Ironwood Square complex in Coeur d’Alene, should open next week.

Located in the former 1,400-square-foot space that formerly housed Papa John’s Pizza (next to Quizno’s on the west side of the shopping center), Greek Street’s menu will include gourmet pizza, gyros, spanakopita (a spinach pie), pizzaloni (a pizza-cannelloni combination), daily specials, desserts (including baklava) and soft drinks.

The Karatzas family also just opened a Greek Street Pizza and More at 3331 W. Indian Trail in Spokane. Hours at both places are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Each has 12 to 15 employees.

Siblings Margaret, Vagelie and Telly will run the eateries with guidance from parents Peter and Cheryl Karatzas, who had Café Italiano in Colville for 23 years. Bringing original family recipes from Kalymnos, Greece, Peter came to the United States at age 17 and worked on five-star cruise ships. He and Cheryl came to Colville, her hometown, from Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

Bell Tower Funeral Home for Post Falls

The groundbreaking was Friday for Bell Tower Funeral Home and Crematory at 3398 E. Jenalan Ave., Post Falls. Planning to open in November, the location is east of North Idaho Advanced Care Hospital and is visible from Interstate 90.

The full-service complex will include a chapel to seat 200 people, an on-site crematory and 1,200-square-foot showroom for burial and cremation items. Bell Tower will serve all faiths.

Owners are Kip and Sandi Clark, Rob and Nancy Clark and Roger and Lisa Argo, all of Coeur d’Alene and Spokane. Roger Argo is a licensed funeral director and mortician and has served North Idaho families for 20 years. Bell Tower will start with four employees.

New owner for CdA Olive Oil

Joslyn Cox has purchased the Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Co. at 117 S. Fourth St. (just north of the Wiggett Antique Mall).

Her products include extra virgin olive oil, vinegars, hand-stuffed olives, tapenade (a spread of puréed or finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil) and other gourmet foods.

Cox became interested in the company as a customer of the business’ now-closed Spokane store. She has three employees. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 Sundays. Phone (208) 765-0188. Check

This week’s tidbits

• Watch this space for news of a new restaurant off Ramsey Road.

• Last weekend’s Art on the Green and special sales and events in downtown CdA and the City Park were fantastic. Thousands of people came to town. I volunteered in the Tubbs Hill booth for a few hours. Though I’ve lived here 30 years, I bet a knew only about 10 people of the thousands who walked by.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or


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